Culture Editor Halima Ahad reviews ‘SunKissing’ by Hailee Steinfeld, describing it as an irresistible, feel-good summer hit

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Hailee Steinfeld has returned after a long-awaited hiatus with her new single ‘SunKissing’. The single comes after her most recent single with Anderson Paak, ‘Coast’, and her 2020 EP ‘Half Written Story’. Her most recent tracks, ‘Coast’ and ‘SunKissing’, are Steinfeld’s love letter to her Californian roots. The song is a fantastic addition to Steinfeld’s discography as it showcases the singer’s immense singing and songwriting talents.

The song is the perfect summer anthem to turn up on the radio, whether you may be on a road trip you have waited all summer for or soaking up all the summer goodness through this song.

The music is definitely a feel-good summer hit

There is an irresistible, catchy chorus that solidifies the song as a summer anthem. Paired with upbeat instrumentals, the music is definitely a feel-good summer hit. The lyrics of the song are about seizing the day and every giving moment. ‘I wanna live like this forever, kissin’ in the sun’ shows how Steinfeld wants to capture every fleeting moment of summer before it is too late.

In 2022, Steinfeld was interviewed by Grammy and said that her new songs signaled the arrival of a new musical era for herself. ‘I was able to create this whole universe, which I’ve never been able to do with my music. This is really the first time I’ve been able to build a proper world that I cannot wait for.’

Overall, I found the song to be the perfect addition to the start of my summer. It is the tune to sit back and relax in the back of your garden whilst the sun is shining down on you. In my opinion, the song is what summer is all about. ‘SunKissing’ defines what it means to be in summer and I could not be happier I can play this song on repeat in the lead-up to summer.

Rating: 9/10

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