Highly acclaimed actress Hailee Steinfeld is now ready to take on the music industry. Steinfeld is already well-known for her Academy Award-nominated performance in the 2010 film True Grit, as well as her roles in Romeo and Juliet and Ender’s Game. Earlier this year, she gave audiences a glimpse of her musical ability with this summer’s Pitch Perfect 2, receiving praise from fans and critics for her version of singer Jessie J’s “Flashlight.” To top it off, Steinfeld also appeared in triplet form in Taylor Swift’s infamous “Bad Blood” music video. Needless to say, Steinfeld is no stranger to the music world.
With a breadth of talent at her fingertips, Steinfeld was quickly signed by Republic Records so she could create her debut album. Earlier this week, Steinfeld revealed the cover art for her EP, HAIZ. The album features four songs, including “Love Myself,” “You’re Such A,” “Rock Bottom” and “Hell No’s and Headphones.”
“Love Myself” is similar in sound and message to Rachel Patton’s “Fight Song,” but doesn’t really carry the same power and popularity that Patton’s song does. However, the track is, without a doubt, the standout song from the EP, as its music video has received around 32 million views on YouTube and can be often heard on the radio. The video doesn’t really have a set plot, but it is simple and fun, showing Steinfeld dancing around Los Angeles. The song is about female empowerment and making sure to take care of oneself: “I’m gonna put my body first / And love me so hard ‘till it hurts” — Steinfeld belts out. Another inspiring lyric is “I’m gonna touch the pain away / I know how to scream my own name.” Steinfeld has proven that when the negativity seems to be too rough, she will brush it off and remind the world that she isn’t going anywhere. The chorus shouts “I love me” throughout the verse breaks.
Steinfeld has a deep voice, but the pitch alternates throughout the song. At some points, her vocals are stand out and the instrumentals resemble a ballad, but then the song quickly switches into dance music and Steinfeld’s voice becomes very high. With this, Steinfeld demonstrates incredible range for her first foray into the tough music industry. A solid and inspiring debut, Steinfeld’s “Love Myself” allows her to create a name for herself with this song alone.
According to the press release, the rest of HAIZ promises to deliver catchy anthems. “Hell No’s and Headphones” features irresistible chants while “Rock Bottom” showcases more of her vocal range found in “Love Myself.” “You’re Such A” is clever nod to a wide range of music genres.
Steinfeld is off to a great start with this single, and the addictive beat will keep her song on the radio for sure. Hopefully, the other three tracks on her EP will be able to live up to the fantastic introduction that “Love Myself” has presented.
HAIZ will be released Nov. 13.