2018 (or #20GayTeen, depending on which corner of the internet you inhabited) saw something amounting to a queer renaissance in mainstream media. As the first seasons of POSE and Queer Eye were hitting our TV screens, and as Love, Simon entered cinemas, music was welcoming exceptional records from the likes of SOPHIE, Troye Sivan, Janelle Monáe, King Princess - you get the idea. Despite such a crowded field, Kiyoko's Expectations album became a standout, featuring a collaboration with Kehlani as well as the earworm single "Curious", which Kiyoko later performed with Taylor Swift on Swift's Reputation tour.
Four years on from her debut, the Lesbian Jesus herself is rising once again. While 2020 EP 'I'm Too Sensitive For This Shit' teased us with some new tracks, the full-length return of Hayley Kiyoko comes in a starry-eyed haze of easy-going, electro-pop. With its darker textures and more mature sound, 'PANORAMA' feels like an evolutionary step forward for Kiyoko – however there is still room for her sound to grow.