Noah Cyrus and PJ Harding have teamed up for “Dear August,” an acoustic duet that shows off both the artists’ vocals.
You might not recognize Harding’s name, but you’ve definitely heard his work before; he and Cyrus have been collaborating for a while now. He co-wrote 4 songs on her 2020 EP, The End of Everything, including hit single “July.”
“Last summer, ‘July’ was really connecting, but it was an incredibly uncertain time,” Harding told Broadway World. “I’m fairly easygoing, but I was deeply anxious about being in Los Angeles with the pandemic getting out of control. I was having lots of discussions with my family about moving back to Australia. We eventually did. ‘Dear August’ was written as a love letter to the future, hoping there’s a light on the other side. We haven’t seen the light, but we’re still looking.”
“It was full circle and funny for us to write ‘Dear August’ after ‘July’,” Cyrus added. “I was going through a lot. I suffer from anxiety and depression. We were in this cloud of darkness where it’s very easy to fall into bad habits. July and August 2020 were the hardest parts of quarantine for me. I lost my grandma, and I was looking to the future for hope. The song reminds me you will get to the light at the end of the tunnel. It may not be perfect, but you’ll get there.”
The song’s lyrics reflect this hope that both artists have for the future. “So I’ll take all of my wasted love // and turn it into wine in my cup,” they sing together, before launching into the chorus: “Dear August, tell me that there’s light // at the end of all of this starless night.”
“Dear August” is the first single off Harding and Cyrus’ upcoming EP.
Check out “Dear August” here!
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