Hayley Kiyoko is back with a new single. The musician and Jem star recently released the track and video for "Sleepover." In the self-directed short, Kiyoko wrestles with the memory of the one that got away. It's a beautiful and intimate portrait of life and love for young queer women.
"At least I got you in my head," she sings. Her ethereal vocals complement the video's dreamy quality. She perfectly expresses the vulnerability of young queer love.
Kiyoko took to Tumblr to discuss the video:
"I've never truly believed that sexuality defines who you are. I do believe, though, that sexuality helps shape and build who you become. How you act, what you pursue, who you surround yourself with. This music video for "Sleepover" is not a concept or an idea for me. It is my life. It defines a part of who I am today. I grew up a dreamer and found comfort through a safe haven in my head. It's where I was able to find self-love and feel validated. This music video validates those feelings for me, even if in those moments the girl I fell for was unavailable. I made this video to help validate those fantasies. To create a space for the lovers, dreamers and seekers. Falling in love can be a bittersweet feeling, especially if you know it'll never be reciprocated. I think we can all relate to that."
Following the release, Kiyoko kicked off the second leg of her One Bad Night tour in Santa Ana, California. The tour includes performances as SXSW. She's releasing her debut album later this year.
"Sleepover" is now available online. Watch the video, below: