A posthumous album from Mac Miller will arrive next week, just two days before what would be the late artist’s 28th birthday.
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Miller’s family announced that Circles will be released on January 17, describing the album as a companion piece to his GRAMMY-nominated LP, Swimming.
“Here we are. The act of having to write this at all feels surreal," reads a note from his family. "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 circle. Swimming in Circles was the concept."
"He had been working with Jon Brion, who after hearing some early versions of songs, cleared his calendar to help Malcolm fine-tune them. After his passing, Jon dedicated himself to finishing Circles based on his time and conversations with Malcolm. We are eternally grateful to Jon and to those who gave their best to the difficult and emotional task of putting out this body of work.”
Jon Brion is a songwriter, producer, and composer, who has produced music for Fiona Apple and Kanye West, and scored films Lady Bird and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Brion co-produced and co-wrote several of the songs on Swimming with Mac Miller. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the GRAMMY Awards last year.
Mac Miller died in September of 2018.
You can read the full note from his family below.