Last year was only the start of pop star Hayley Kiyoko’s rise. Dubbing the year #20GayTeen, Kiyoko released her long-awaited debut album Expectations, became a staple performer on late night talk shows, and sold out her headlining American tour. But now, Kiyoko is back and better than ever.
On Thursday (July 11), Kiyoko dropped her new single “I Wish,” a moody pop jam about unrequited love and the desire to move past it. The song’s stuttering beat, along with Kiyoko’s stellar-as-always vocals, compliment her scathing lyrics as she chastises her crush’s behavior. “You don’t pay me no attention/ And you’re selfish with your affection,” she sings on the song’s pre-chorus.
Along with the new track, Kiyoko released an impressive video. Continuing her work as a director, the star sets up a The Craft-style scene, where a group of schoolgirls meet up to perform a magic ritual to help Kiyoko forget about a girl. “Wash away bliss, forget her kiss,” the group chants as Kiyoko downs a potion. “She’ll never miss, grant this wish.”