'Two years ago', remembers Porter Robinson, 'I only had the inkling of the idea that I wanted to do something different. I needed to do something that was honest and real', Porter explains. So he turned down countless DJ offers in 2013 to spend the entire year devoting himself to a process of introspection and reinvention. 'I figured that one way to develop a unique identity as an artist would be to combine all my favorite things in music it would result in something that is really personal, a collective expression of my taste and experience. Something nobody else has.'
And thus begat Worlds (Astralwerks), a cinematic excursion that commingles Porter's technological prowess with his love of evocative melody. His first studio album, it finds an unlikely common ground for Porter's diverse inspirations: Kanye West's Graduation, Daft Punk's Discovery, The Postal Service, and an array of orchestral movie scores.
'Sea of Voices', for instance, is just that: gauzy, feather-light vocals that float above an ethereal-shoegaze soundscape. That track trickles into 'Years of War', which transfers those levitating vocals onto radiant synth pop propelled by a fuzzy beat. He prolongs that pop euphoria with the anthemic 'Lionhearted', which pushes-and-pulls between ambient sighs and power chords, further rewarding the listener with the glitched-out 'Fellow Feeling', an avant centerpiece that swells from violin-driven sentiment to industrial static, before settling into palpitating chords.
'Sigur Ros and M83 loom large over (Sea Of Voices) angel choirs and dewy strings and arpeggiated pinwheels... How much more epic does it get?
(None more epic.)' --Spin
'We're already seeing EDM 2.0 in the shape of Porter Robinson.' --Pete Tong
'Porter Robinson is post-EDM s greatest hope...Sad Machine sounds like how it would feel like to discover the sun.' --Fader