Earlier this week, Mac Miller announced he’s dropping a new album called ‘Swimming‘ on August 3rd. It’s his first project since he dropped The Divine Feminine in 2016. The announcement of this fifth studio album was accompanied by the release of the album’s first video, “Self Care.”
In the video, Mac finds himself in a coffin. He then kicks off his shoes, lights up a cigarette, and makes himself at home. After a few puffs of his cigarette, he carves “memento mori” into the coffin and punches a hole through it. Momento mori is a Japanese phrase that translates to “remember death.” According to Wikipedia, it’s the “theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.” Mac punches threw the coffin and digs to the surface.
The announcement of Swimming comes shortly after Ariana Grande’s engagement to Pete Davidson which many believe Mac will talk about in the album. However, according to TMZ, he finished the track last year when he and Ariana were still dating. It’s not likely that any of Mac’s Ariana drama will play a prominent role in the album. Almost all of his albums have been about, well, him. He’s one of the greatest artists in the industry at encapsulating what it means to be him in his music. Whether he’s talking about his growth, demons, depression, or drug use, he’s always raw and honest. His albums play like a diary. Listening to them feels like you’re watching him grow up. From the playfulness and optimism expressed in K.I.D.S. to the brutal honesty about his demons in Faces and GO:OD AM, he’s always focused his music on himself and his journey.
You can pre-order Swimming here: https://www.macmillerswebsite.com/