Porter Robinson Premieres 'Sad Machine,' 2nd Single Off Upcoming Album
By now, many dance music fans are aware of Porter Robinson's intention to release an album that simply focuses on beauty. Instead of succumbing to the EDM sounds that dominate music festivals, Robinson's upcoming album, Worlds, will be something that reflects the beauty and vastness of the earth. His first single off the album, "Sea of Voices," reminded many listeners of something M83 would make. It is a breathtaking song that caught a lot of people off guard.
Today, Robinson premiered "Sad Machine," the second single off Worlds. The premiere was hosted by The FADER, and Robinson had the following to say about the new single: "I’d used Vocaloid as the vocals for several of the songs on Worlds, and then the idea of a duet between a lonely robot girl and the human boy who encounters her occurred to me. I didn’t have much time before I had to turn in the entire album, so I just sang the male parts. I wanted something that felt distantly sad, a little cute, surreal, hopeful, and maybe somehow evocative of fiction?" Just to clarify, Vocaloid is a singing voice synthesizer. You can type in lyrics, and the synth will sing the lyrics.
When you read Robinson's description of "Sad Machine" while listening to the track, you're able to confirm the feelings and emotions the producer wanted to convey. Listen to "Sad Machine" below and fall into the mesmerizing soundscape created by Robinson.
When people evenly compare Robinson's new music to bands like M83 and Passion Pit, they are doing the 21-year-old producer a disservice. Robinson is being compared to bands that come from vastly different musical backgrounds. He made his name producing house, electro, and even dubstep. For him to make the jump to producing songs like "Sea of Voices" and "Sad Machine" is nearly revolutionary for dance music. Robinson is bringing a completely different style of music to his longtime fans. Although he hasn't released any EDM songs recently, he still has the attention of many EDM fans whom typically wouldn't listen to bands like M83. This means Robinson could very well be the catalyst for many EDM fans broadening their musical horizons.
If Worlds is able to inject just a little bit of beauty into each fan's life, Robinson should be very proud of himself.
"Sad Machine" will be available on iTunes tomorrow, May 13. Worlds will be released on August 12.
[H/T: The FADER]