The fans are right. Hailee Steinfeld is back and she’s made our day with new upbeat single “SunKissing” that’s got us thinking about summer days and the waves on a beach. Even though the singer and actress is far from being consistent with music, her loyal fan base is apparently going nowhere.
Known for dropping uplifting music and empowerment anthems – if in doubt listen to “Love Myself” and “Most Girls” – she’s really come a long way from her “Starving” days. She may no longer be the new girl when it comes to the music industry, but her music has always had something new to offer to her listeners, and, at the very least, no one can accuse her of sticking to one sound.
On Wednesday, the 26-year-old shared a teaser for the new single with a saturated picture of herself looking straight into the camera. As the follow-up to 2022’s “Coast” featuring Silk Sonic’s Anderson .Paak, “Sun Kissing” is all about carefree days and being in love. It’s about being present and living in a careless moment with a lover in the summer.
“I had a dream that we were underwater / Drownin’ in us / I’ve had a feelin’ there’s something up above / Maybe it’s love,” the song starts off, with her ethereal voice leading us to believe in the joyful message that the song bears. Accompanied by a catchy chorus that tells us to “catch a wave,” “make every mistake,” and “fly far away,” fans can certainly start chiming in when she sings “Light drifting, sun kissing” just after hearing the first two choruses.
In an interview with Grammy, the singer explained that her forthcoming music was the first time she “was able to create this whole universe, which I’ve never been able to do with my music. In a way, with the music working so well simultaneously to my acting, I’ve had these singles that have come out over time. This is really the first time I’ve been able to build a proper world that I cannot wait for. Everybody’s getting a little taste of it with “Coast,” but there’s so much more where that came from.”
Unlike “Coast,” “SunKissing” has yet to be accompanied by a music video and its promotion is nowhere near on the same level as the one “Coast” got, but nevertheless, fans are happily soaking up its happy lyrics, emotive vocals, and sunny instrumentals.