Listening to Mac Miller wrestle with darkish ideas from past the grave could be a gut-punch. It may be additionally stunning. That’s the steadiness the late rapper finds on “Good Information,” the primary single from Miller’s new posthumous album, Circles. Over a gently chugging groove liberally sprinkled with pizzicato strings, Miller, who died in 2018 of an unintended overdose, unspools his inside monologue in an impossibly weary, just-woke-up-but-kind-of-wish-I-hadn’t drawl. Co-produced by Miller and Jon Brion (and that includes each Wendy Melvoin of Prince’s backing band, the Revolution, and veteran rock drummer Matt Chamberlain), the music is melodic and subtly comforting, extra candy than bitter; in its woozy introspection, “Good Information” recollects “Balcony Beach,” the 1997 traditional from the slept-on Bay Space duo Latyrx.
Miller was open about his struggles with medication and melancholy, and right here he nails the cul-de-sac of unfavourable pondering that may maintain you in mattress regardless of your higher intentions: “I want that I might simply get out my goddamn means/What’s there to say?/There ain’t a greater time than in the present day. However perhaps I’ll lay down for a bit, yeah.” By many accounts, Miller was in good spirits and hitting a artistic peak not lengthy earlier than he died. Essentially the most painful elements of “Good Information” are the rays of sunshine that poke via, the insistence that, “I’ll lastly uncover/that it ain’t that unhealthy.” That optimism suggests he would have discovered a means out of the darkness, in the end.