He’s given us four singles, an epic Essential Mix, and a massive upcoming international tour. But this week we got what we’ve really been waiting for from Porter Robinson: the release of his first full-length album Worlds. It’s safe to say this is unlike anything we’ve heard before.
Previously released singles Sea Of Voices, Sad Machine, Lionhearted, and Flicker appropriately set the stage for the breadth of sounds featured on Worlds. The album begins with Divinity, a melody of ethereal chords and vocals that gives way to methodic blasts of bass, and it only gets more dynamic from there. Other highlights include Hear The Bells, which features soothing indie vocals from Imaginary Cities that build up to roaring synth riffs, as well as the silky smooth Polygon Dust, an energetic anthem with a slight new wave edge. The diversity continues with the hypnotic, minimal track Natural Light, and Porter gets ultra experimental with Fellow Feeling, which opens with over two minutes of looming violin chords before giving way to intense, pulsating bass and then ends with the impressively intricate Goodbye To A World.
Worlds is a refreshing blend of dreamy beats and bold, powerful sounds with clear echoes of Porter’s inspiration from virtual reality. Each track feels like a unique journey into another realm, as the 22-year-old producer manages to blend aspects of synth pop, indie, and house and emerges with a strong and groundbreaking identity all his own. Worlds is easily one of the biggest releases of 2014, and at this rate, the bounds of Porter Robinson’s career are limitless.