J-pop duo YOASOBI are set to release a new single called “Tsubame” on Oct. 25.
The track is being featured as theme of NHK’s SDGs TV series for children Hirogare! Irotoridori, a show that introduces projects and special programs that make learning about Sustainable Development Goals fun and accessible.
The title of the song means “swallow” and it was written based on a Japanese story with a title that translates to “A Little Swallow’s Big Dream” by Nana Otsutsuki. The story won the grand prize in the TV show’s project that invited submissions to collaborate with the breakout male-female duo to write a new future-themed song.
The jacket artwork is by Ai Niina (name in Japanese order, surname first), a rising young visual artist who has created YOASOBI’s animated music video for their monster hit “Yoru ni kakeru” and more. The new illustration vibrantly depicts the swallow from the story soaring towards the city in the distance, and the music video for the song will also feature her distinctive animation.