Miley Cyrus covered Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You’ during her Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, which was released today (January 28).
The performance series is usually filmed at NPR Music’s office in Washington D.C., but has seen artists take part from locations all around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, including Billie Eilish, Chloe x Halle and BTS.
Cyrus began her instalment of the sessions with the swooning cover of the 1993 indie hit, performing lying back on a model bed and wearing a fur ensemble and big black sunglasses.
The rest of her 11-minute performance featured two tracks from her latest album ‘Plastic Hearts’, which was released in November 2020. For ‘Golden G String’, she took off her coat and hat, but remained on the bed. “Thank you for having me, Tiny Desk,” she said before launching into the song.
Later, during ‘Prisoner’, the camera panned out to show the replica bedroom positioned between members of her live band, with Cyrus kneeling in front of the structure. Watch her Tiny Desk (Home) Concert above now.
The original version of ‘Prisoner’ featured Dua Lipa – one of many collaborations that appeared on ‘Plastic Hearts’. Other guests who made a cameo on the record included Billy Idol, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks.
In a review of ‘Plastic Hearts’, The Forty-Five’s Kate French-Morris wrote: “‘Plastic Hearts’ isn’t a rock album, it’s a pop album – a Miley Cyrus pop album. If you’re a mainstream artist longing to go hard for a particular sound, compromise is inevitable, and Miley blends rebellion with pop hooks to satisfy both her artistic desires and her audience.
“The record falls short of the full aggression held in her gravelly tones, and ‘Night Crawling’ aside, none of the songs live up to her live covers. Yet the retro fits and eighties tropes succeed, steered by her strengths as a popstar. Hungry, imaginative, always seeking to surprise: these traits she shares more with her eighties idols than her peers. Miley Cyrus is never being boring, and that’s the kind of glossy spirit pop should always possess.”