Once upon a time Porter Robinson was the wunderkind of the EDM scene, cranking out dubstep bangers at the height of the genre’s cultural clout. Then, with 2014 debut album Worlds, he swerved hard into an electronic fantasy informed by anime and video games. It was great. In the years since, Robinson took a depression-induced hiatus from music and then launched a side project called Virtual Self exploring the realm of trance, DnB, and other ’90s rave music. And now, about a decade after first breaking through, he’s back with a new album under his own name.
Nurture, Robinson’s second LP, is coming in 2020. On YouTube, Robinson says, “i put my entire heart into this.” Our first preview, “Get Your Wish,” picks back up where Worlds left off, spiraling into a brightly colored synth-pop realm speckled with classically informed strings and piano. In director Chris Muir’s video, Robinson performs in ankle-deep water in front of vivid graphics, making it explicit that the pitched-up vocals are his own. “So tell me how it felt when you walked on water?” goes the chorus. “Did you get your wish?
Watch below, where you can also see the Nurture trailer.
Nurture is out later this year on Sample Sized/Mom + Pop.