Though he died in late 2018, just after the release of arguably his best work to date in Swimming, Mac Miller’s posthumous record Circles has now seen the light of day. Announced via a brief note from his family last week on Instagram, Circles is the first posthumous album release from Mac Miller, who was working on the record prior to his untimely passing at the age of 26.
“We are left to imagine where Malcolm was going and to appreciate where he was. We hope you take the time to listen. The look on his face when everyone was listening said it all.”, the family stated about Circles.
With plenty of jazz, electronic, and funk influence, Circles is essentially a companion album to 2018’s Swimming – hence, Swimming in Circles. It’s also an effective record in that it’s certainly not a cashgrab, as some posthumous releases tend to be. No, Circles is a touching, emotional, and honest look at where Miller’s headspace was at just a couple years ago, and we’re all the better for hearing it.