Miley Cyrus' career has been marked by shock, from 2010's "Can't Be Tamed" to 2013's "Wrecking Ball," which largely secured the pop star as someone whose music was synonymous with controversy. More recently, however, Cyrus' YouTube "Backyard Sessions" showcased a different side of the vocalist, as she covered classics with an acoustic, slimmed-down approach--a refreshing, gentle model she's leaned on her for own single, "Malibu," out today.
Sadly, Cyrus' latest isn't a Hole cover, but it certainly bares some of the same sunny, guitar-driven elements of the '90s classic. "Next to you, the skies are blue in Malibu," she sings, her voice relaxed and smoky, above bright, peppy production with a timely summer sheen. "We are just like the waves that flow back and forth / Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning and you're there to save me, and I want to thank you with all of my heart," she continues, offering an ode to her fiance Liam Hemsworth.
In the video, Cyrus surrounds herself with sprawling nature, dancing on the sand with her dog Emu and relaxing in front of a waterfall--classic treatment that in moments, recalls No Doubt's nostalgic "Running" visual. Cyrus notably flashes her engagement ring throughout, echoing the track's warm lyrics about love and a rekindled romance.
Watch Miley Cyrus' comeback, below, ahead of her performance this Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards.