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Miley Cyrus Goes Back to Synth Roots on New Song ‘Nightmare’

Leaked track sees huge departure from ‘Bangerz’-era hip-hop influence

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Miley Cyrus gets back to her synth-heavy, rock-tinged roots on the newly unearthed song "Nightmare"


Miley Cyrus gets back to her synth-heavy, rock-tinged roots on the newly unearthed song “Nightmare,” though it’s unclear if the song will be on her follow-up to 2013’s Bangerz.

With its guitar riff and synth-pop layers, the song sounds much closer to Cyrus’s pre-Bangerz era, vaguely reminiscent of songs off Breakout and Can’t Be Tamed. On the upbeat break-up track, she sings “I woke up in a broken dream/With no one lying next to me/It’s not how it’s supposed to be/So why’d he have to go?”

Last month, Cyrus debuted a spacey new collaboration with the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne titled “Tiger Dreams.” The pair are currently working on a joint LP, which Coyne compared to Pink Floyd and Portishead.

The pop singer hasn’t revealed many details in regards to her next solo outing, though a few collaborators have slipped minor hints. Last September, newcomer ILoveMakonnen revealed to MTV that he had written a few songs for her and her Bangerz producer Mike Will.

“It’s almost like a Grammy nomination song,” Makonnen explained. “It’s kind of heartfelt, and almost country. It’s gonna be deep when it comes out. It’s definitely not like the clubby type of poppy record. It’s more like a timeless, heartfelt record that’s gonna be picked up in movies and shit. Girls are gonna cry over their ex-boyfriends to it, and the same for guys crying over their girl.”

Cyrus’ most recent venture has been promoting her Happy Hippie Foundation, a philanthropic effort aiming to aid homeless youth. She recorded a series of Backyard Session, covering the Replacements, Paul Simon and other classic artists with friends (Ariana Grande, Joan Jett) and on her own.


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