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The Sunshine State’s “Things Changed” is gleaming bedroom-pop at its finest

15 January 2021, 18:11 | Written by Sean Kayden

In this early stage of her solo career, Skyler Stonestreet’s project The Sunshine State feels authentic and singular in ways that take many years to develop. The follow up to her 2020 debut "Cliff Drive", new single “Things Changed” is a good place to start.

Having already penned songs for artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello and Hailee Steinfeld, adroit songwriter Skylar Stonestreet no-doubt has an sturdy resume. While her writing credits are impressive to say the least, the Vegas-born, LA-based artist is now traveling down her own distinct sonic path with the release of “Things Changed,” a resplendent follow-up to “Cliff Drive”, her 2020 debut single as The Sunshine State.

Striking a balance between alt-pop and arena-worthy indie-rock, “Things Changed” is a luminous and fortifying sophomore single. Draped with summery tones and a compelling sonic rhythm, the track lifts spirits and nurtures the weary. Spearheaded by an infectious melody, beaming vocals, and introspective lyrics, “Things Changed” feels like a testament to the open road, venturing to the unknown and arriving to a locale of self-discovery.

"’Things Changed’ is about where I was in my life and where I could have gone,” Stonestreet shares this about her song. "It’s about who I was with and where they ended up. It’s about the different roads you can take and the ones you choose to leave behind”.

A breast cancer survivor and it’s her experience, determination, and zest for life that is the backbone to Stonestreet’s promising career. "[Breast cancer] doesn't define me," she shares. "But now I want to help other people who are going through it. And I want girls to know that they should feel okay in their own skin”.

"Things Changed" is available now. Follow The Sunshine State on Instagram.
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