Mac Miller - Swimming
Aug 7, 2018 (updated Apr 13, 2019)
70
An album that starts so slow, you would be forgiven for thinking there was nothing there at all. A truly quiet release in sentiment and sound, "Swimming" feels as though it inhabits the same world as "Divine Feminine" which incidentally shows the two sides of the coin. "Divine Feminine" a worship of love and "Swimming" the moving on from love, all held under the same sonic sky.

Admittedly this is a hip-hop suicide, considering that Mac Miller found his acclaim under the left field of hip-hop for him to end up here, its quite a journey of sound. That being said Mac has discarded a lot of his cadences and wether thats for the best remains to be seen, here it feels as though the quiet instrumentation is playing the biggest role on this album, which is as problematic as it sounds. Its one thing creating a downturned hip-hop album infused with jazz and another thing doing so all largely in one tone.

So overall this feels a prolonged end of a chapter, and an album that lives in mantra with less being more.

Favourites: Dunno, Self Care, Jet Fuel
(Dunno and Self-Care have become my favorite tracks by Mac Miller, just great pieces of mood)

Update to 60:
Outside of "Dunno" this is just too empty for me to return to. I hope Mac challenges himself with his next record because right now he's asleep at the wheel.

Update to 70:
The silence of this album, speaks quite loudly now. Its a tone now that is a depressing low, rightly so. Context is a motherfucker.
2 Comments
Sep 7, 2018
"Admittedly this is a hip-hop suicide"
THIS AINT IT THIS AINT IT
Sep 9, 2018
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