Porter Robinson debuts “Musician” music video, new album Nurture out April 23
“‘Look at the Sky’ might be the best song Porter Robinson’s ever written. It’s a culmination of his beginnings as a creator of dancefloor behemoths and his recent, introspective pop songwriting—pure hope, distilled, unsentimental, and sincere.”—The FADER“
This is victory-pop at its finest”—Entertainment Weekly
(“Look At The Sky”) “‘Get Your Wish’ is a joyful return for Robinson, one that expands the scope of his music while bringing him back down to earth.”—Pitchfork
March 17, 2021—Today acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and producer Porter Robinson unveils the Waboku Mah-directed video for his latest track, “Musician”—watch here.
The track is from Porter’s forthcoming full length Nurture, out April 23 via Mom+Pop. “Musician” follows previous Nurture offerings “Look At The Sky”
—which recently entered the Top 30 at alternative radio—
Nurture will be available in a number of very special physical formats. Pre-order here.
Nurture, Porter’s first full length in seven years, spans a highly challenging period in his life. Following his 2014 debut Worlds, Porter found himself creatively crippled, anxious about the high expectations his immediate success created and smothered by his own self-criticism. The more Porter struggled to write, the more his sense of self unraveled, leaving him in a state of despair, which was exacerbated by his brother’s diagnosis with a rare and aggressive cancer.
Through much personal work, and as his brother made a full recovery, Porter began to claw himself out of his creative slump, experimenting with a completely new sound inspired by early-aughts rave music—which turned into critically acclaimed side project Virtual Self—and eventually returning to the piano and his own voice as foundations. Nurture is the result of this period, a testament to hope and persistence in the face of the negative voices in one’s own head that starkly contrasts his prior productions, blending live instruments, digital synths, artificially pitched vocals, chopped samples and cozy ambience. It is a hopeful, intimate album that champions vulnerability while paying homage to the struggles that pushed him to grow.
At age 18, the North Carolina-based producer and songwriter burst onto the scene with a complex, bombastic brand of electro-house. His debut album Worlds was released in 2014 to widespread critical and commercial success, included RIAA Gold single “Sad Machine,” and established Porter as a mainstay of electronic pop and a deft crafter of “gorgeous textures, contemplative storytelling and remarkably sharp melodies,” as The New York Times remarked.
Following the major success of his debut album, Porter released the RIAA Gold single “Shelter” with Madeon in 2016, followed by a Shelter Live Tour spanning 43 dates and four continents. The following year, Porter began releasing music under a new alias, Virtual Self, to showcase his growing interest in interdisciplinary art and nostalgia for Y2K trance, which lead to his first Grammy nomination for the BBC Radio 1 hit single “Ghost Voices.”
Porter’s success eventually gave him the chance to create his own music festival in partnership with Coachella promoter Goldenvoice. Second Sky, a two-day event launched in 2019, sold out all 30,000 tickets in a single day and will return to the San Francisco Bay Area soon.