Miley Cyrus is comparing a new love to a flowing body of water in her brand-new uptempo song titled “River,” out today (Friday, March 10). With the release of the track, the singer/songwriter also unveiled her brand new eighth-studio album, Endless Summer Vacation.
In “River,” Cyrus speaks to her love interest as she takes the dive of letting her guard down and putting it all out there for the one she wants. She gives the notion that her life was filled with cracks, similar to those left in the soil during a drought until she meets a certain someone.
Using a metaphor, she tells the object of her affection that he’s “just like a river” and her heart beats loudly enough to drown her out.
“Heart bеats so loud that it’s drownin’ me out / Livin’ in an April shower / You’re pourin’ down, baby, drown me out (Ooh, ooh, ooh),” Cyrus sings the pre-chorus of the song before jumping into the chorus, alongside pulsating synths of what the artist has described as a “dance floor banger.” “You’re just like a river (Ooh, ooh, ooh) / You’re just like a river (Ooh, ooh, ooh) / You go on forever / You’re just like a river.”
Cyrus also released a music video to accompany her new track.
Watch Miley Cyrus’ “River” Music Video Below
Shot in black and white, this visual features the 30-year-old pop singer/songwriter and actress appearing on a catwalk, dressed in a body-hugging mini dress paired with stilettos. She bats her lashes and delivers a myriad of sultry poses and dance moves underneath the spotlight while singing the lyrics of her song.
“I got a new dress just to meet you downtown / Can you walk me through the park just to show it off? / I can pull my hair back in that tight way that you like / If you wrap me in your arms and never stop,” Cyrus sings throughout the first scene of the clip before the video pans to her standing in front of a white Cyclorama similar to what’s used in fashion and photography.
Later scenes of the video feature a cast of shirtless dancers showing off their athletic figures. Cyrus makes her way through the crowd after getting soaked by rainwater, and by the end of the clip, everyone in the video is drenched from head to toe.
“River” Appears On Miley Cyrus’ Latest Album, Endless Summer Vacation
As previously shared, Cyrus also released the entirety of her eighth studio album, Endless Summer Vacation. And she has more to offer fans as her new Disney+ concert special, Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions) arrives just in time for folks to get their hands on her new music.
Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions), which began streaming on the Disney+ platform on March 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET, features a mix of performances and interviews with Cyrus.
A clip from Cyrus’ Disney+ concert special, featured on her Instagram page, finds her explaining the meaning behind the new track.
She says, “It was a time in my life where I was going through just a lot emotionally and personally, and I guess all my songs kind of evolve. They can start as something that was a trouble, like, it just feels like it’s an April shower. It never stops raining. And then it started raining down like love.”
The Tune Follows Cyrus’ Chart-Topping Hit “Flowers”
“River” comes after the success of Cyrus’ No. 1 breakup single “Flowers,” which coincidentally dropped on her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth’s birthday. The song plays out as a response to Bruno Mars’s “When I Was Your Man.”
Both “River” and “Flowers” appear on Endless Summer Vacation, recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Kid Harpoon, Greg Kurstin, Mike WiLL Made-It, and Tyler Johnson. Highlights on the 12-track project, divided into AM and PM sides, include duets with Brandi Carlile and Sia.