We’ve had Hayley Kiyoko‘s incredible debut album, Expectations, in our regular rotation since it came out in 2018. But we’ve also had a bunch of questions and excitement for her next album in our minds since 2018. We don’t have to freak out any longer, because it’s finally arrived in the form of PANORAMA! This project brings Hayley’s signature airy synth-pop to a whole new level of depth while showing off her growth as both an artist and a person, and we can’t get enough!
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.
To celebrate how much of herself Hayley poured into this album, we wanted to break down some of our favorite PANORAMA lyrics! If you haven’t been listening to it on repeat already, press play and get comfy to explore Hayley’s talent with us.
“I stayed with you even through the drama, thinking I’d find sugar at the bottom…”
We all know that feeling of holding onto a relationship or friendship that’s not good for us in hopes that things will get better at some point, and we love how Hayley describes that experience on ‘sugar at the bottom,’ the opening track of PANORAMA. The imagery of sugar being “at the bottom” gives a kind of happily-ever-after vibe, but making it clear that it was just Hayley’s hope for the situation shatters that illusion.
“Let’s break the tension like a Kit Kat…”
The first time you listened to ‘for the girls,’ did your brain instantly go off the rails to sing the “break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar” jingle instead? We’ve gotta admit that ours did after hearing this clever line. The imagery is something so casual that we never really thought of being romantic or particularly fun, but Hayley found a way to make it stand out. She’s forever impressing us!
“I’m sinking in my mind, searching for rainbows in the sky…”
‘underground’ is definitely one of the most introspective, vulnerable tracks in Hayley’s discography, offering a glimpse into her mind and what she’s been dealing with lately. We’re a sucker for comparing rainbows to a sense of hope – this song feels like a prequel to Kesha’s empowerment anthem ‘Rainbow’ in a lot of ways and we’re obsessed. And the contrast with Hayley saying she feels like she’s underground while she’s trying to look up at the sky and get to the rainbow? Incredible.
“I’m looking hot as hell, I found someone to love me like you never could…”
We love growth! ‘well…’ is the ultimate confident anthem about truly moving on from an ex and not dwelling on how poorly they treated you. Why sulk over someone who didn’t deserve you when you could just dance and enjoy your time instead?
“I’m done confusing all these ashes with my worth…”
What can we possibly write about this lyric from the title track ‘panorama’ to accurately capture how many emotions it makes us feel at once? This line broke our heart into a million little pieces then picked up those pieces and put them back together with the cutest washi tape and stickers. It’s a reminder that what you go through doesn’t define you, and it certainly doesn’t limit what you can do or become in your life. Follow your dreams and reach your personal rainbow!
‘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. 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.
What’s your favorite song from PANORAMA? Is there a certain lyric that really speaks to you? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – we’d love to hear from you! And for more Hayley Kiyoko content, click here.
Now, excuse us while we go listen to this album a few dozen times…