Something to Listen To: “Worlds” Review

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When you’re a fan of a particular genre of music, you’ll sometimes find yourself bored of what you’ve been listening to as of late. And then, just as you’re about to start listening to something else, you come across an album that hits your musical tastes just right, and rekindles your fascination for that genre and where it’s heading. For me, that genre is electronic music (an umbrella term, mind you), and that album is Worlds, the debut album from producer Porter Robinson.

Taking it’s inspiration from both the dance and synthpop sub-genres, Worlds provides a wonderful tour through the bold, other-worldy atmosphere, heavy on the bass and skinned with synths. I’d describe it as an emotional dance album. The amount of heart put into this shows in both the music and it’s vocals.

A few of my favorites:

  • “Sad Machine”-  Far and away my favorite track from the album. “Sad Machine” is a moving duet between Robinson and a computerized singer, portraying the loneliness of an artificial intelligence. All laid against a memorable beat that fills me with joy, while the lyrics break my heart. The thought that this is what computers truly feel makes me want to hug my laptop and tell it that everything is going to be okay… I probably shouldn’t be saying things like this on the internet.
  • “Natural Light”- Anytime an album chooses to change tone and pace will obviously gain anyone’s attention. In this case, “Natural Light” provides one of the album’s most soothing moments, bring to mind a moment sitting outside in the middle of the night taking in the sights and sounds around you. Well, that’s my take, anyway.
  • “Fellow Feeling”- A track with some variety. “Fellow Feeling” starts of with a brilliant combination of synths and violins, only to break into a trip to the intense, glitchy landscape in the albums only real foray into dubstep territory. At the end both are combined for a finale worthy of the dance floor.

Grand, passionate and inspiring, Worlds reminds me why I fell in love with the various forms of electronic music to begin with, and makes me interested to see where Porter Robinson goes from here.

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