It’s been four years Hayley Kiyoko released Expectationsher debut studio album – after years of waiting, fans can finally listen to its follow-up panorama, out today (July 29) via Empire and Atlantic Records.
The album takes Kiyoko’s penchant for soul-searching lyrics to astonishing new heights as she pushes down any remaining emotional barriers around her in favor of total transparency. On tracks like “Sugar at the Bottom” and “Flicker Start” she revives the saccharine pop sound that made her a star, while songs like “Underground” and “Panorama” venture into ballad-like breakdowns of ego and self-image.
In a statement released with the album, Kiyoko acknowledged that it took her a while to release it Panorama – but that the wait has only made the release of the album that much sweeter. “Usually I write an album and release it right away, but this time I was able to use the creative process as a tool for myself to find solace through the pandemic,” she said. “I listened to it, took it in, felt confident and found my way again. With Panoramahope is the most powerful gift I can offer.”
The album is preceded by lead single “For the Girls,” Kiyoko’s sultry summer single dedicated to women of all kinds — including her girlfriend Becca Tilley, who she revealed she’s been dating for approx. four years after her appearance in the number music video.
Kiyoko also spoke Billboard in an upcoming interview where she said that going through “ a lot of health problems” over the past few years only further forced her to reevaluate what the album was about. “I knew who I was, but that person is now gone,’ she says. “So it became a question of, ‘How do I find myself when I’m lost? It’s right there, I can see it, I just can’t connect to it… I wanted this album to be a reminder to stay present.”
listen to Panorama below.