Post Malone fans, put your mourning garb away, because we’re officially in the PM5 era! Post recently announced that his fifth album, Austin, will be ours on July 28th and we’re ecstatic, because… obviously. Can you blame us? The world is just a better place when Post is releasing new music! An album clearly means a lot to an artist and really reflects who they are when they decide to name it after themself, and with Austin, we feel like we’ll be getting more of Austin Post and the man behind the music than ever.
We first got to step into this new chapter of Post’s artistry with the indie-pop jam ‘Chemical’ earlier this spring, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that we’ve had it on repeat since release day. Seriously, our Spotify Wrapped will be at least 87% Posty at this point. ‘Chemical’ reminds us a lot of ‘Sunflower’ in that there’s great storytelling in the lyrics and light, summer-ready production behind it. It’s all about the ups and downs of a relationship as a couple goes from sneaking out of a party to hang out alone to fighting in a bar later in the night.
The second glimpse we’ve gotten into the world of Austin is the sunny ‘Mourning,’ a thoughtfully crafted bait-and-switch that will ultimately test if you’re truly listening. If you listen to just the chorus, you’ll likely think it’s a summer-ready party song about not wanting a great night to end, but the hook closes with “got a lot of sh*t to say, couldn’t fit it in the chorus.” Come on, it’s Post Malone. He’s one of the best hook writers of this generation, he would definitely be able to fit it into a chorus if that’s what he wanted. But he didn’t want that, which is why it’s so genius.
Instead, you get the true message of the song within the verses, which talk about fairweather friends (“everybody’s free when the dinner is”) and a lack of connection with people who could’ve been a cool part of your life (“wish I got to know you more”). Listening from that beginning chorus, you don’t quite get what you expect when you hear the rest of the song – it’s a statement on how you don’t quite get what you expect from fame and fortune or from Post as an artist, necessarily, if you only know his singles. In a world where we get so much of our music from viral clips on TikTok, he’s encouraging the listener to look beyond the most catchy part of the song to see the real story and what he really wants to say.
Hearing the rest of the song also changes the meaning of the chorus itself – the opening line, “don’t wanna sober up,” can have a double meaning of being scared to “sober up” and realize the truth of the situation or hard time you’re in. Throughout his previous album, Twelve Carat Toothache, Post did just that – particularly on the songs that weren’t singles, so once again, it’s about digging deeper! Yup, just another thought-provoking pop masterpiece from Posty.
But if you know Post at all, you know he wouldn’t just throw some songs at us, say “have fun,” and leave. This is a man who truly values each and every one of his fans, so it’s no surprise that he’s hitting the road again after already giving his everything to a European Twelve Carat tour this year. Okay, yeah, the announcement was a surprise, but not the surprising kind, you know? But we’ll never complain about a Posty tour…
The If Y’All Weren’t Here, I’d Be Crying Tour will give us 24 amazing shows throughout North America, including cities like Cincinnati, Toronto, and Tampa this July and August. The production value was pretty ‘Insane’ on his last tour for Twelve Carat Toothache, so we could only imagine just how mind-blowing this show will be. You can get tickets here on May 19th at 10am local time, we’ll race you there for floor seats. We hope Post knows that if he weren’t here, we’d be crying!
I love y’all so very much and I’m so excited to get out and do some more shows for y’all. Help me put a baby through college and come on out. Some cool new production, new songs, and a very very handsome man up on stage. Sending love to you and yours.
With eight Diamond singles, ten GRAMMY nominations, over a trillion streams, and countless fans worldwide, Post has truly cemented his place in music history. But numbers aside, from his songs to his live shows, Post is always pouring so much of himself into everything he gives us, and it’s what makes him such a special artist. Take his early hit ‘I Fall Apart,’ for example – right off the bat, he admits, “she told me that I’m not enough” with that signature rasp in his voice that instantly lets you know his heart is breaking.
Coming off of flex anthems like ‘White Iverson’ and ‘Congratulations,’ you wouldn’t have necessarily expected Post to take a turn like this and dive right into such emotional territory. This shift kept us fans on our toes while also showcasing a new side of his music and proving he’s one of the most versatile artists out there. He’s not just a “party song” artist and never was – he can be bragging about his success one moment (it’s okay, he’s earned the right to brag) and soundtracking your late-night, heartache-fueled ruminations the next.
Then let’s fast forward a bit to his last album, 2022’s Twelve Carat Toothache. If you thought Post’s previous albums were personal, you’re really in for a treat with this one. Twelve Carat Toothache goes into everything from alcohol misuse to suicide ideation, from the COVID pandemic to how fame affects your view of the world and your relationships. As you might have guessed from our bit about the ‘I Fall Apart’ lyrics, we really like intros, so let’s take a closer look at the album opener, ‘Reputation,’ to see just how deep this project goes.
“Take my own life just to save yours,” Post admits in the first line, referencing how he turns his own personal hells, suffering, and missteps into songs that go on to soundtrack our lives and comfort us when we need it. ‘Reputation’ flickers between the hardcore, confident Post Malone that we see in the spotlight, and the more vulnerable, down-to-earth Austin Post that the cameras don’t capture. The bridge hammers this home even further, switching from “I was born to chase mills” to “I was born, what a shame” without missing a beat. There may appear to be two distinct sides to who he is as an artist, but it all stems from one person, and that just comes with the territory of being a multi-faceted music icon.
It’s been nothing short of magical to follow along with Post’s musical journey and how much his career has evolved over the years! He’s more than a hip-hop artist. He’s more than a rockstar. He’s Post Malone and he’s hands-down one of the most captivating musicians in the world.
Now we wanna hear from you! Which of Post’s albums so far is your favorite? Which track on Austin are you claiming? What would you do to be able to play a game of Magic: The Gathering with Post and talk about his lyrics? Our answer would be “absolutely anything,” but let us know yours in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And for more Post Malone content while we wait for release day, click here.