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Mac Miller – Colors & Shapes Music Video

Have I answered the question, “Who am I?”
Well, I confront it all the time.

Three years after his untimely passing, Mac Miller’s estate has released a new and poignant music video for Colors and Shapes, a collaboration with Thundercat from fan favourite 2014 mixtape Faces, which is set to finally be released on streaming services and vinyl later this month.

The music video for “Colors and Shapes” presents Mac’s beloved dog Ralph in animated form journeying in his dreams through a Wonderland-esque landscape, meeting metaphorical characters depicted in Mac’s lyrics along the way. The touching homage to Miller was directed by Sam Mason and produced by production company Hornet.

Mason said in a statement to Pitchfork, “The track felt very visual to me—like it had its own world. This atmospheric nighttime place that was sometimes dangerous, sometimes comforting, then I saw a picture of [Mac Miller’s dog] Ralph and a story emerged. To build it out I asked Malcolm’s family to send me bits and pieces from his childhood, scenes from the town where he grew up, objects, toys from his room—little pieces of his life that I extrapolated outwards and used to inspire the story.”

“In the abstract, it’s meant to be a video about childhood—growing up as an artist and the highs and lows of that experience. It’s sort of a look at the emotional and difficult and perilous but noble path of an artist.”

Like much of Mac Miller’s work, ‘Faces’ has a uniquely introspective lyrical take and the production is delightfully experimental, considered by many of his fans to be among his best creations. Seamlessly blending dark themes relating to psychosis, addiction, and death with  a notable psychedelic-jazz sensibility, Faces has a running time of over 80 minutes and was primarily produced by Mac himself under his Larry Fisherman alias. Contributions from Thundercat, 9th Wonder, and Earl Sweatshirt (appearing under his randomblackdude alias) and featuring many guest verses from the likes of Vince Staples, Ab-Soul, Rick Ross, Mike Jones, and Schoolboy Q.

‘Faces’ makes its streaming debut for the first time on October 15th, and will be available to pre-order on vinyl prior to it’s October 17th release here.

Watch the animated video for Colors and Shapes below, and save it to your liked songs in Spotify here.

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