We’re nearly a year and a half removed from Mac Miller‘s death in September of 2018, and his fans and contemporaries alike are largely still reeling from the untimely loss of the young emcee. News of Miller’s passing landed just a month after the release of perhaps the most creatively ambitious work of his shortened career, Swimming. At the time, little did we know, Swimming was only one half of a two-sided concept Miller was in the middle of finalizing. Now, the second half, Circles, is finally ready to be heard in full—posthumously completing Miller’s legacy as his final album.
There’s a haunting quality to the Jon Brion-produced Circles in the first listen through. Sonically, the album picks up right where Miller left off: augmenting slick rhymes with emphatic live instrumentation, further actualizing his vocal prowess outside of rapping, and laying his own unique creative tropes against different musical backdrops that wouldn’t typically characterize a hip-hop record. The album often departs from the groundwork laid by its predecessor, offering yet another perspective on Miller’s talent. Though, all the while the listener is constantly reminded that Miller is no longer here, giving the record a somber, chilling tone amid summery melodies and psychedelic guitar riffs.
Circles, released via Warner Records, is being welcomed by fan pop ups across the country. Three exhibitions celebrating Mac’s work will take place in Los Angeles, New York, and his hometown of Pittsburgh. Entry is free and all net proceeds from pop up merchandise sales will go to The Mac Miller Fund. Each pop up event will be open to the public from 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. local time. Hear Circles in full below.
Mac Miller’s family recently released plans for a posthumous album from the late rapper, due to be released on January 17. A companion piece to 2018’s Grammy-nominated Swimming that was being recorded at the time of Miller’s death, Circles is meant to thematically complete its predecessor, and now we have our first inside listen, and look, at what to expect from Mac Miller’s final offering on “Good News.”
Clocking in at nearly seven-minutes, the Eric Tilford and Anthony Gaddis-directed visual is a moving, conceptual depiction of the images and themes that came to define Miller’s career and his body of work. The track poignantly plucks along, alluding to an album that will likely succeed in bringing Miller momentarily back to life.
In conjunction with the album’s release, pop up exhibitions celebrating the life of the Blue Slide Park emcee will take place in Los Angeles, New York, and Miller’s hometown of Pittsburgh. The Amazon Music-backed events will feature immersive listenings of Circles, an album-inspired merch line, multimedia fan art displays as well as a multimedia fan art exhibition and exclusive new Circles merch offerings. Entry is free and all net proceeds from merchandise sales will go to The Mac Miller Fund. All locations will be open to the public from 12PM – 9PM local time. See the video for “Good News” below.
Yesterday, Mac Miller’s family announced that a posthumous album from the musician was on the way. Circles is due out next Friday (1/17), and a new song from it has been released today. It’s called “Good News,” and it’s nearly six minutes long. It was co-produced with Jon Brion. “Good news/ That’s all … More »
Mac Miller‘s first official work since his death in September 2018 is finally ready to be heard. Release plans for the late rapper’s material and a rumored documentary have been up in the air in the year since his death, though now his estate is preparing to release Circles, a companion to 2018’s Swimming, which landed only a month before Miller’s passing. Circles is due to be released on January 17.
In a statement posted to Miller’s social media channels by his family, the 26-year-old rhymer was well in the process of recording Circles with producer Jon Brion at the time of his death. The LP was originally planned to be a conceptual compliment to the critically well-received Swimming. Read the full statement from Miller’s family below.
A posthumous Mac Miller album called Circles is being released next week. Miller’s family announced its release via an Instagram post, writing: “At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process of recording his companion album to Swimming, entitled Circles. Two different styles complementing each other, completing a … More »
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