“Malibu” is the first single from her upcoming and as-yet, untitled album.
It’s driven by acoustic guitars and has enough of a dance beat to get it on the radio. In fact, the song was in heavy rotation today.
She seems to have written the love song with her boyfriend and Australian actor Liam Hemsworth in mind. They were hot and heavy for a couple of years before breaking up.
Now they’re back together, which kind of explains these lyrics.
“I never would’ve believed you if three years ago you told me,”
“I’d be here writing this song
But here I am, next to you
The sky’s more blue in Malibu.”
Cyrus worked closely with Flaming Lips bandmembers Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and Dennis Coyne on her last album, 2015’s Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. She described it as “a little psychedelic, but still in that pop world.”
If “Malibu” is any indication, her next album will be indie rock and country inflected. She recorded the album with producer/multi-instrumentalist Oren Yoel, according to Rolling Stone.
“This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a fuck, but right now is not a time to not give a fuck about people,” Cyrus explained in a Billboard interview.
“I’m giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good, I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back,” she added.
Check it out below.
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