HAYLEY KIYOKO REMINDS US THAT SUMMER’S FOR THE GIRLS WITH HER EXPLOSIVE NEW ALBUM “PANORAMA”
Just in case you were unaware, “summer’s for the girls!” Singer, songwriter, director, and cultural icon Hayley Kiyoko truly delivers a masterpiece with her latest album PANORAMA. The thirteen-track album is chock-full of hits and explores the vast range of Kiyoko’s musical and stylistic abilities. If you haven’t found your soundtrack for hot girl summer, look no further, PANORAMA‘s got you covered.
Likely the most widely recognized track off of Kiyoko’s sophomore album, “for the girls” reaffirms Hayley’s place as a cultural icon. The music video sees Kiyoko reinventing the infamous reality show The Bachelor as she wines and dines a myriad of eligible bachelorettes as they fight to win Hayley’s affection. “For the girls” is the perfect example of “fan service” done right.
On the making of PANORAMA, Kiyoko says, “I went through a period of time after my last album where I’d lost my confidence and my self-worth. Thankfully I was surrounded by friends and family who kept me grounded, always supporting me in my lowest moments and reminding me who I was along the way.” In multiple songs throughout the album, listeners get to experience a first-hand look at this journey of love and self-acceptance. Some of the standouts are the album’s second track “luna” and “chance.” Both songs are about learning to be confident in yourself. “Luna” allows listeners to stay locked into the unencumbered freedom of living in the moment, while “chance” explores the things that could have been if you would’ve had the confidence to just do them.
Songs like “flicker start” and “supposed to be” tackle the uneasiness and uncertainty associated with learning to move on and figuring out what to do next. What immediately stands out about PANORAMA is Kiyoko’s innate ability to capture these relatable emotions and relay them in a way that is tangible to her audience.
Songs like “sugar at the bottom,” “well…,” “s.o.s.,” and “found my friends” really roundoff the journey from heartbreak to happiness. The first three of these tracks detail the steps required to be okay with a relationship ending. Additionally, all three songs are perfect candidates for songs to scream loudly –and off key– while driving down the highway. This is a proven method for getting over a heartbreak, and if you have any doubt, you’ll just have to try it out for yourself.
“Found my friends” is a song about finding your support system. In this case, it’s the different versions of you or your own personal demons and critics in your head. It may initially conjure up a negative image in your head, but think of it this way instead: when you can learn to embrace every part of yourself –whether good or bad– the parts of you that you believed to be your enemies turn out to be your greatest source of comfort and motivation to be your true authentically amazing self.
Kiyoko’s album concludes with titular track “panorama.” As Kiyoko describes, “‘Panorama’ was the last song I wrote for this album, in a moment of clarity to enjoy the present and not let my trauma define me.” She continues, “one of my favorite lyrics from this song is ‘I’m done confusing all these ashes with my worth,’ which is a metaphor for when we measure our own value only by our struggles and hardships, but in reality, our worth is unwavering. We just need to give ourselves the space to appreciate the highs and the lows of this beautiful journey.”
“Panorama” is the perfect track to end the album. Not only do the lyrics perfectly encapsulate the album’s theme, the song itself sounds like something that you’d hear as the end credits roll. The song’s elongated instrumental fills feel like they’re endlessly marching towards “a big, wide-open space” full of possibilities. PANORAMA ends on a high-note and leaves audiences feeling as if they’ve just experienced the most cathartic cleansing of the mind, body, and soul.
Luckily for fans of Hayley, she will be joining Lauv on his “All 4 Nothing Tour,” which kicks off on August 11 at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For a list of dates that you can go and see the talented songstress, you can check out the list below or visit hayleykiyoko.lnk.to/LauvTour for more information.
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HAYLEY KIYOKO ON TOUR 2022
11 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
12 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
13 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook
15 – Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
16 – Montreal, QC – Place Bell
17 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
21 – Cincinnati, OH – ICON (Rockstar Energy Drink Stage at Smale Park)
23 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!
25 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
26 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
27 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
28 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
30 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
31 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
1 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
3 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
4 – Dallas, TX – Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
6 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
7 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Amphitheater
9 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
11 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
12 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
15 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre @ UC Berkeley
17 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
20 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater