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Last night Lesbian Jesus herself, Hayley Kiyoko, came down from Heaven and released a new Hellish track "Demons," the second from her new music project I'm Too Sensitive For This Shit.
The track is dark and hypnotic, but the beat demands you dance to it. Kiyoko's vocals drip off the verses like blood and the chorus sounds otherworldly. The song has heavy late 2000s pop influence-- you can hear hints of Rihanna, Brittany Spears and especially Fame Monster-era Gaga on the track. It's a great direction for Kiyoko and a perfect Halloween bop. It also sees the performer pivoting in subject matter.
While Kiyoko has sung openly about her feelings in the past, the singer is now getting frank about her mental health.
"'Demons' is really personal to me," Kiyoko said in a statement. "I had the chorus lyrics written in my notes 'please forgive me I've got demons in my head, trying to feed me lies until I'm dead'. There was something so haunting about it I wanted to try to turn it into something positive."
"I wanted to sing about mental health and battling the inner 'demons' many of us struggle with," she continued, "but with a heavy upbeat track that everyone can sing and support you with. It's so important for people struggling to realize that they're not alone and I hope this song can play a part in sparking that realization."
This is the second track off her new I'm Too Sensitive For This Shit, project, which is described in a press release as "darker" than the old Hayley and a "bold, brave, and unapologetic body of work" that explores her own journey with mental health. The single "I Wish" was released earlier this year, and the rest of the songs from the project will be released between now and January.
"I find myself constantly discovering who I am while battling new demons. Everyday is something new. Sometimes it's scary to face head on as it challenges us to be braver," the "Girls Like Girls" singer said in a post on Instagram.
"Maybe our brains just tick a little differently," she added. "Maybe we have a monster inside our head trying to distract us. Maybe we are always looking for a reason to run. Whatever it may be, this internal struggle is what makes us complex, special beings who deserve to find strength. Because we will."
Kiyoko also announced a new "I'm Too Sensitive For This Shit" North American tour starting in 2020, and I think I speak for queer women everywhere when I say that I'm much, much too gay for this shit.
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