Mac Miller makes music for people who love the feeling of bloodshot eyes.
On the heels of announcing his fifth LP, Swimming, Miller has released the album’s second official single, “Self Care,” a woozy anthem for long nights and even longer mornings.
“Self Care” blends Miller’s ability to navigate a druggy and deranged haze with his ear for free jazz melodies. The technical blind spots to his singing give him an endearing and human appeal. Loosely held notes about feeling alright are not exactly convincing so much as they reflect the joyful delusional of sleepless nights, but instability is the Mac Miller mantra.
The raps are equally captivating, with Miller's opening flow skittering to the point of paranoid, pairing well with visuals that underscore the burden of self-awareness.
As always, Mac Miller’s writing teases the line of absurdity for the absurd’s sake and potent self-reflection. Lines about oblivion and flight carry us to a grounding beat switch, where Mac Miller begins to overcome and embrace his fears. “Self Care” concludes as a hero’s journey, executed in under six minutes. The Christian Weber-directed music video is a cherry on top.
“Self Care” is the second single off Mac Miller’s forthcoming album Swimming, out August 3.