With all the hype instilled by him and his loyal followers, Porter Robinson’s debut album Worlds has been one of the hotly anticipated dance music albums of 2014. The factor is, it’s not precisely what anybody would anticipate from Porter given his pre-Worlds releases comparable to Simple, Language, Spitfire EP, and so on. Porter has gone in a decidedly totally different course with the album, choosing slower tempos and dreamier textures all through. Because of this, hardly any of the tracks seem to really be “designed” round making individuals dance, which is one thing that Porter himself has alluded to on a number of events. With that in thoughts, let’s dig into the music…
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1 – Divinity is the primary monitor, and it serves as an awesome introduction to the general idea of the album. You’ll be able to hear detailed synth layers mixed with elegant composition and dreamy vocals by Amy Millan. The chord development is considerably paying homage to Sea of Voices (which you’ll find is a standard theme throughout tracks within the album), however general Divinity does job making ready the remainder of the album.
2 – By now we should always all be acquainted with the second lead single from Worlds, Unhappy Machine. That includes a feminine Vocaloid function along with Porter’s personal vocals, Unhappy Machine really tells a narrative; in line with Porter, the vocal duet depicts “a lonely robotic lady and the human boy who encounters her”. That is one monitor from the album the place the vocals play an arguably bigger function than the underlying layers.
3 – The third tune on the album, Years Of Conflict, begins with a Unison-like lead sound and grungy rolling bass that proceed all through a lot of the monitor. Breanne Duren sings the primary verse, and joins Sean Caskey for the primary verse earlier than the refrain comes again. The tune finishes with easy electrical piano chords, leaving the listener with a way of closure.
4 – Flicker was launched because the fourth lead single from Worlds, which is smart; the Japanese lyrics Porter included to start with are consultant of his style in Japanese tradition and the affect of mentioned tradition on the creation of Worlds, and Flicker is pretty much as good of a tune as any to introduce his followers to this affect. After an introduction with the aforementioned lyrics accompanied by some tasteful guitar loops, a rhythmic synth-driven groove is available in, adopted by a tough, Justice-esque electro interlude. Flicker most likely greatest embodies Porter’s aesthetic, one which is revered by his followers.
5 – Talking of laborious, Justice-esque electro: the fifth monitor, Contemporary Static Snow, begins off in nearly that very same method. We’re then reintroduced to the robotic Vocaloid model from Unhappy Machine, however with a unique persona which, with noticeable distortion, makes for a wholly new character. Regardless of what the identify could recommend, this tune sounds extra soiled and grungy than it does “recent” or “snow”-like.
6 – Porter has beforehand expressed his curiosity in Norwegian duo Lemaitre’s music, and is bringing them with him for most of the reveals on his Worlds tour, so it ought to come as no shock that he’s collaborated with them on Polygon Mud It’s not fully clear at this level whether or not Lemaitre merely supplied vocals, or in the event that they in truth co-produced the monitor itself. Regardless, for my part Polygon Mud has one of many extra memorable melodies on the album, and when paired with the tasteful vocals, it makes for a really effectively put collectively monitor.
7 – Quite the opposite, I discover Hear The Bells to be one of many much less memorable tracks from the album. The mix of the atmospheric vocals from Imaginary Cities with the half-present melody ends in what seems like a “filler” tune; it little question has its place within the album, and completely contributes to the general idea, however it will probably hardly stand by itself, with nothing to really set it aside. Nevertheless, that’s to not say that it isn’t nonetheless good music.
8 – On that observe, Pure Mild is definitely even much less memorable than the earlier tune; though on this case that appears to be the purpose. At solely 2 minutes 21 seconds lengthy, and with no vocals, this actually is filler materials. Once more, as was the case with Hear The Bells, Pure Mild certainly contributes to the vibe of the album, and Worlds possible wouldn’t be the identical with out its experimental sound, however don’t anticipate to have this one on repeat.
9 – What else is there to say concerning the subsequent monitor that hasn’t already been mentioned? Because the third lead single, Lionhearted is noticeably “poppier” than any of the opposite songs on the album, with out sacrificing composition or association; the melody is definitely one of the memorable on the album, as are City Cone’s vocals, however the vocals and synths imply the tune doesn’t stand out as being too vastly totally different from the sound Porter has developed via the album up to now. Lionhearted has been hailed as a favourite from the album for a lot of listeners.
10 – Sea Of Voices was the general public’s very earliest style of Worlds when it was launched as the primary lead single again in early March. Though it was initially met with blended reactions from Porter’s followers, I’d argue that Porter made the proper selection releasing it when he did; he has allowed his followers and listeners to arrange for his new model and adapt appropriately, certainly gaining loads of real followers within the course of and shedding the curiosity of those that may care much less for something that doesn’t go off at a pageant. For my part, Sea Of Voices portrays Porter’s newfound outlook on music, and finally, the Worlds idea, higher than any of the opposite tracks on the album.
11 – Now, onto my private favourite, Fellow Feeling. Starting with an extremely well-written duet between piano and string ensemble (as teased within the authentic 10-hour announcement video), Porter has demonstrated his superb range and musical talent in Fellow Feeling, transitioning seamlessly from an orchestral intro to a driving, glitchy, experimental, industrial, you-name-it electro beat, preceded by whispery poetic phrases. After one other strings interlude, Porter employs most of the similar techniques as he did in Language; dirty electro sounds through the buildup and large chords and leads through the progressive drop. Though not essentially the epitome of Worlds, Fellow Feeling confirmed simply how numerous Porter is in his skills as a musician and producer, and because the penultimate monitor on the album, offers a way of finalization to the journey.
12 – The aptly named Goodbye To A World is the ultimate work on Porter’s debut album, and it positively seems like a correct conclusion. Curiously, the final impressions Porter offers to the listener embrace a relaxed beat (which bears a hanging resemblance to RAC’s Sea Of Voices combine), a reasonably energetic progressive/electro drop powered by sturdy 8-bit chords, and one last use of glitchy Vocaloid verses. Though one may not at first discover similarities between Goodbye To A World and a monitor comparable to Flicker, by the tip of the album it’s fairly obvious that Porter has carved out his personal sound.
After listening to the album in full greater than thrice, I feel Porter has a winner on his fingers with Worlds. Though sure tracks stand out greater than others in originality, memorability, and general high quality, there are sufficient redeeming qualities concerning the music itself to warrant a advice to any digital music fan. A lot have mentioned Porter is “altering dance music as we all know it”, however I must argue that he’s merely doing a really totally different model and it’s solely due to his rise to fame inside EDM itself that he’s considered as a “trailblazer”. I’ve likened Worlds to Avicii’s 2013 album, True, in that the idea of stretching boundaries is just not new, however the content material itself is. Just about not one of the tracks on Worlds would “work” in a contemporary EDM setting, however that’s a moot level, as Porter is taking a wholly new method to his music, whereas his followers be a part of the journey. General, Porter Robinson’s Worlds delivers wealthy and detailed songwriting, superior sound design, and loads of different components that make this album stand out.