Mac Miller's "Swimming" is perfectly suited for the Tiny Desk model.
Though arguably overshadowed by the release of Travis Scott's star-studded and blockbuster-esque Astroworld, Mac Miller quietly satiated fans with the release of his Swimming LP; his first official record since The Divine Feminine, Mac's latest endeavor employs masterful use of live instrumentation, clever arrangements, and introspective, soul-searching lyricism. Far from flashy, Swimming is a testament to Mac's artistry, and a welcome recap for those invested in his narrative arc. Fans are no doubt well aware of Mac's musical aptitude; not only does the man thrive fronting a live band, but he's more than capable of sliding into the band himself, picking up whichever instrument he sees fit.
Therefore, it's only natural that Mac would kick off the Swimming release cycle with an intimate Tiny Desk Concert, featuring none other than the legendary Thundercat holding down the bass on "What's The Use?" It's truly impressive watching Thundercat navigate his instrument, sliding across the fretboard with practiced efficacy; real ones know that bass is both the question and the answer. Don't get it twisted - Mac's alternate bassist Joseph Cleveland is accomplished and technically proficient, providing Mac with the smoothest of backdrops.
Peep the complete concert below, which spans the length of twenty minutes, and features "Small Worlds," "What's the Use? (Feat. Thundercat)," and notable fan-favorite, "2009."