"Woods," of course, is among the tracks included on the current Billboard 200 top 3 album Circles, which serves as a companion piece of sorts to the final album Mac released while he was alive, the Grammy-nominated Swimming. Speaking with Genius' Chris Mench about how the song came together—as well as the songs Mac left behind—Dan explained how it's "impossible to not be left with questions" in a situation like this.
"Honestly I have no beat on it whatsoever," he said when asked about the possibility of additional posthumous releases. "His mom isn't really interested in talking about it, and I've never brought it up with her. I don't know whether they will or not. I hope that they do, because there's a lot of great stuff, and a lot of great stuff that's already finished. It just needs to be put together and released. And I hope that they do."
Dan also shared some insight on Mac’s creative process, noting that he often recorded multiple potential albums at once, and not always with the intention of releasing them.
"I think even Jon [Brion] said this in an interview recently, probably he would have just done a whole new album on tour and totally forgotten about it," Dan said, explaining that he initially didn't think that the acclaimed Circles would necessarily come to fruition at all.
For the full interview, head to Genius.
As reported earlier this week, Circles—released the same week as new albums from Eminem and Halsey, among others—opened at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 164,000 equivalent album units. The album, which was guided to completion following Mac's death by aforementioned collaborator Jon Brion, has also received widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike.