Miley is back, but she’s left her twerking and tongue-barring in 2016. The ever-evolving pop star announced her new single “Malibu” this week and has now dropped the music video for the airy ode to the California coast.
In an interview with Billboard, Cyrus said she wrote the new soft pop single in an Uber ride on her way to The Voice, where she worked as a Coach in 2016. Inspired by her relationship with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus wears the engagement ring Hemsworth gave her back in 2012 in the new video (the couple rekindled their relationship back in 2016 after splitting in 2013).
The video features a solo Cyrus happily running around the sand, standing on cliffs, sitting under a waterfall and rolling in the grass as she wears a collection of white-coloured outfits while singing and smiling at the camera.
Cyrus’ new video has all the drama of a Ralph Lauren fragrance ad, with Cyrus doing her best to recreate the closing scene to HBO’s Big Little Lies. Is she a Bonnie, or more of a Renata? We’re not sure, but it sure is a pretty song.
The new video is a compilation of just about every Miley video we’ve ever seen. The stunning nature backdrop is giving us Hanna Montana-era flashbacks to videos like “The Climb,” while flashes of cheek, underboob and brown roots are much more “We Can’t Stop.” Maybe all this means is that we’re seeing the purest form of Miley’s true persona, an artist that can inhibit visual and music spaces from a variety of genres while still making them her own.
The video is already getting praise from Miley fans around the world, including fellow popstar and risk-taker Katy Perry.
Cyrus’ last release was her impressive 2015 online album Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz, an exciting experimental collection of tracks crafted with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. As for studio albums, Cyrus’ last effort was back in 2013 with her controversial Bangerz.
Cyrus told Billboard she worked with producer Oren Yoel and wrote all of the lyrics and melodies on her own for her upcoming album, which has yet to be given a title or release date. Calling the album ‘personal,’ Cyrus said that the new record will include one song written for Hillary Clinton and another for women in the workplace.
Miley Cyrus is set to perform “Malibu” at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 21.