Miley Cyrus is pulling a reverse Taylor Swift. Where Swift left her country roots for the greener pastures of pop stardom, Miley is ditching the twerking and pasties and baby, she’s coming home.
As promised, her new single “Malibu” is a huge departure from the synthetic sounds of Bangerz and the drugged out haze of Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz.
While it’s not exactly a return to her Tennessee roots as she hinted at recently, it definitely lives in the world of straightforward pop—a far cry from the experimental sounds of her last effort. This is Miley Cyrus the singer-songwriter. It’s the artist we saw glimpses of over the last few years–the one who turned heads with her cover of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” on the SNL40 stage.
Here, she’s singing about her fiancé, Liam Hemsworth. “Sometimes I get so scared of what I can’t understand, but here I am, next to you / The sky’s more blue in Malibu,” she coos over handclaps, guitar and a propulsive, radio-friendly beat.
In the video, Miley looks to have fully emerged from the cloud of smoke and the piles of glitter that punctuated her rebellious years as she bounces around the shimmering SoCal coast. If this is what being in love looks and sounds like, we want in.
Listen to “Malibu” below and watch the video here.