Smiley Miley is back.

Miley Cyrus has taken some time out from the spotlight in recent months, but the US star is springing back into action with a brand new album – her first album in two years.

In a new cover feature for Billboard, Cyrus revealed that the album’s first single, ‘Malibu’, will be released on May 11, while also offering some insight into the LP’s “rootsy” direction and DIY ethic.

Cyrus wrote the album’s lyrics and melodies herself, with one song specifically penned for Hillary Clinton and another for working women. Bangerz collaborator Oren Yoel plays all the instruments.

“This is Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard,” comments her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, about his daughter’s desire to reconnect with the country fans of her Tennessee homeland and extend her reach outside her bubble of “outspoken liberals.”

“I like talking to people that don’t agree with me, but I don’t think I can do that in an aggressive way,” says Cyrus. “I don’t think those people are going to listen to me when I’m sitting there in nipple pasties, you know?””

Elsewhere in the interview, Cyrus is asked to clarify whether the new album is “pretty singer-songwriter-y”, to which she replies: “Yeah. But not granola. I don’t listen to Ed Sheeran and John Mayer and stuff.”

This new LP is the follow-up to Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, a collaboration with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne. Cyrus’ last solo album, Bangerz, was released in 2013.

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