It’s been 5 years since Mike Posner has released music. Back in 2010, he was ruling the airwaves with “Cooler Than Me,” “Please Don’t Go” and “Bow Chicka Wow Wow.” He was destined for stardom, and then he vanished. This EP addresses everything about himself, from why he took time off of making music to his current state in the music industry to who he is as a person. Rarely will you find anyone be more honest on an album, and his honesty and vulnerability creates great music. He’s back with a new sound, with his voice eerily reminiscent of Passenger.
1. A Pill in Ibiza
Posner sings about his rise to fame, and then his fall from fame. “I get along with old timers cause my name’s a reminder of a pop song people forgot.” Mike battled depression after going out on tour in 2010, hence the line: “You don’t ever wanna step off that roller coaster and be all alone.”
2. Buried in Detroit
Buried in Detroit serves as an ode to Detroit. No matter where Mike goes, he will always return to the city where he’s from. This song doesn’t invoke emotion like the other three on the EP, but it’s clearly an important song for Posner.
3. Not That Simple
Posner creates a beautiful song about a breakup. The lyrics in this song are quite relatable for anyone who’s gone through a difficult breakup. He blames the breakup on his inflated ego from when he was a star. The bridge of this song is a particular highlight from what is the standout song of the album.
4. Be As You Are
Posner decides to end the EP on a happy note. This uplifting song chronicles the help and advice his mother has offered him. Even at the top of success, his mother helped him through everything.
Overall, the EP signals a different direction for Posner, but the music is very well done. His entire album should be out later this summer.