If I have not told you before, Porter Robinson is the closest thing I have ever had to a man crush. And no, it’s not because of his gentle baby face or those luscious locks. Never has a musician had such an influence on my life. Bold claim, I know, but his music justifies the boldest of claims, and I am willing to side with PR before any other musician in electronic music. Oh, and by the way, calling his music EDM is a travesty. So this will be the last time I refer to him under that category.
Last week, Porter released the first track off his new album ‘worlds’ called “Sea of Voices”, an atmospheric sampling of swelling strings, whistling wind chimes, revering synths and a female vocal fit to melt one’s heart. Leave the fist pumps and table jumps at home, because the build transgresses across multiple octaves without a care in the world; all leading up to a lyric that will live in my soul until the end of time.
“We’ll see creation come undone.”
What’s next can only be described as nirvana. Jump to 3:10 for the rapture.
Here’s what Porter had to say about his latest track:
“It has a bunch of weird tempos that dance people aren’t really doing. There’s no DJ-friendly intro and outro. It’s meant to be listening music. It’s not a party record at all. Years ago, I realized that I wanted to write an album that focused on beauty above all else. The feeling of hugeness and gorgeousness and vastness and beauty is what I f—ing live for. It is my favorite thing in the world. I kept trying to write songs that both satisfied me artistically and also could ‘work’ in a DJ set. Nobody ever heard these songs because they sucked and made me miserable. Again and again, I found that making a track ‘danceable’ just meant compromising and ignoring what the song really needed. And I found that the more I forced myself to work within those DJ-friendly limits, the more I resented the genre. I realized that the rift between the music that works for DJs and the music that I love had grown too huge to ignore. I’ve had multiple anxiety attacks on stage this year and it was always related to feeling like a fraud. It sucked. The f—ing watershed moment in writing Worlds was when I realized that I didn’t have to write songs for DJs. I realized that my need to be honest with myself and with you was greater than my need to be famous or whatever. I don’t want to cheapen peoples’ past experiences of shows or songs. I still f— with my old stuff. That was my favorite music when I was 18. I am 21 now and now I’m writing 21-year-old-me’s favorite music.”
Download on iTunes: smarturl.it/SeaOfVoices?IQid=SC