She was born to run…
After making some headlines with her Liam Hemsworth breakup anthem “Slide Away” last year, Miley Cyrus has spent the last year fine tuning her next move in the studio to prepare for her grand return to music.
Miley originally announced that there was a three part EP series planned that would lead to an album called She Is Miley Cyrus early last year, but it seems those plans may have been scrapped following the release of part one, She Is Coming, back in May of 2019. To be fair, she couldn’t predict a world health crisis was coming instead.
“It doesn’t make sense for me to try to wrap up that big of a body of time in just a few songs and even in a record, I really have always enjoyed dropping singles, rather than the full body of work,” Miley told Zane Lowe.
This week, Miley‘s returned with her new single, “Midnight Sky,” along with its truly stunning self-directed music video.
The song, co-crafted with pop dream team Jon Bellion, Ilsey, Ali Tamposi, watt and Louis Bell, continues on with the post break-up theme of “Slide Away” and pushes forward with Miley‘s longtime declaration: she can’t be tamed.
There’s obvious lyrics that directly address everything that’s been pushed as a headline for the last year or so, from her end with ex Liam (“Lotta years went by with my hands tied up in your ropes, forever and ever, no more“) to her highly publicized but short-lived rebound with Kaitlynn Carter: “See my lips on her mouth, everybody’s talkin’ now, baby.” She’s making no apologies… oh no!
Sonically, however, the song is much sleeker and cooler than what we’ve come to expect from her “Can’t Be Tamed” anthems (“Liberty Walk,” “Robot,” “We Can’t Stop,” etc.). Colored by funky guitar licks and a slick, chilly electronic sheen, the liberated kiss-off is pretty immediate from the first listen, showcasing Miley‘s genuinely powerful chops above an ’80’s-like groove.
It brings to mind a bit of The Weeknd (“In Your Eyes“), and there’s (maybe) some intentional melodic nods happening too: that “Ooh, you know it’s true (yeah!)” is instantly giving us some of Stevie Nicks‘ “Edge of Seventeen.” It’s a welcomed reference, not a complaint at all.
I’m 100% here for this move by Miley. Keep on running girl!
Miley’s new single “Midnight Sky” is available on all streaming services now!