Porter Robinson - Nurture
Apr 23, 2021 (updated Aug 4, 2021)
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Porter Robinson- a musical anomaly. Laying in a field of spuriousness, a flower of authenticity blossoms, surrounded by insincere and cheap pastiches. In the seven years since the release of his debut album, while his fans’ mouths were left watering for more, Porter Robinson’s music, contradictory to nearly all of his EDM contemporaries, has done the preposterous by withstanding the test of time. A tasteful wunderkind of indie-pop and electronic dance music, Robinson's rapid spiral into the limelight caused his emotions to implode on themselves, leading him to fall into a deeply depressed and demotivated state, going years without a musical or creative drive. Nurture, a near-decade later is finally here to prove that Porter’s genre-molding capabilities, even after virtually seven years of absence, are seamless as ever, departing slightly from the EDM pallet listeners are familiar with by intertwining synth, glitch, and electropop, folktronica, ambient, amid a laundry list of others, and coalescing them into one vigorous, exhilarating electronic supernova. It’s a vulnerable yet glorious statement on self-love from a man who has finally found himself at peace after years of mental turmoil.

Longtime fans of Porter should know of his infatuation with Japanese culture, i.e. his admiration towards J-Pop and anime, something that seems to manifest its way into Nurture. From the nature-encased tenderness of the record to the flashy, kaleidoscopic explosions of electronics, the record owes much of its creation to the Japanese culture Porter has found himself so engrossed by.

The Japanese influence can be heard right out the gate with ‘Lifelike’, a violin-led medley, akin to a segment of a Fishman song or an Anime theme, that feels like the genesis of a strenuous climb up a cyclopean mountain. By contrast, ‘Wind Tempos’, across its six-minute progression, sounds like taking a brief moment to reflect on your climb up the mountain with its use of distortion, showcasing elegance behind a Lo-Fi wall of disorientation. Once you arrive at ‘Mirror’ it feels like taking a look back at yourself and seeing how much you’ve changed since the climb started, while also staring the end of your expedition in the face. With ‘Blossom’, you’ve reached the apex of the mountain and are sitting in a field of flowers, letting the mountain breeze and the fragrance of the environment consumes you, ‘Unfold’ and ‘Trying to Feel Alive’ serving as celebratory musical victory laps while you lay in a flower bed, your gaze fixated on the sun as you the realization that you’re at journey’s end sets in. Moments like the more accessible, synth-reliant songs, such as ‘Musician’ and ‘Look at the Sky’, soundtrack the ascent itself as whirlwinds of glitchy electronics pulverize you, encouraging you to continue your escalation upwards.

As mentioned above, the majority of Nurture sees the EDM iconoclast shifting gears, taking what his music was before and flipping it on its head, now focused on synthpop and folktronica as he clashes synthetic drops against tranquil flicks of guitar. The embrace of a more muzzled and lyric-centric pallet brings forth more of a focus on vocals, which still retain that processed, Vocaloid charm they’ve always exuded from Porter. Not necessarily a fireworks show of vocal elasticity and eccentricity, rather a subdued showing of Robinson at his most vulnerable. While the album was unmistakably born of the mental collapse Robinson suffered following Worlds’ release, an event whose traumatic effects reverberate through Porter’s writing, it also serves as an ode to his brother, who is fighting for his life against cancer. The moments in which vocal processing cracks seem deliberate, allowing Porter’s golden shoulders to shine ever so gracefully, illuminating that field of artificiality mentioned earlier. Nurture tries to find alleviation in the small things in life, the short-lived moments comfort one can find when faced with the same conditions Porter found himself embroiled in so many years ago.

Besides some of the solely instrumental cuts pailing comparatively to the rest of the record, Nurture remains both a welcome change of pace, one that I fail to see isolating Porter’s hardcore fans, but also shotgun of chromaticity to the ears, living up to seven years of grueling anticipation and near-insurmountable expectations. The icing on top of it all, Porter finally seems to be at a place where he can embrace self-love, putting out the record he's wanted to make all these years and finally dating the woman of his dreams.

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FAVORITE TRACKS: Look at the Sky, Get Your Wish, Musician, Mother, Mirror, Unfold, Trying to Feel Alive
WORST TRACK: dullscythe
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17 Comments
Apr 23, 2021
good review chode ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š
Apr 23, 2021
another banger review from chode from aoty.org
Apr 23, 2021
@IEnjoyMusic Thank you IEnjoyMusic from aoty.organization
Apr 23, 2021
Based
Apr 23, 2021
Worst track: not dullscythe you terrible human being
Apr 23, 2021
great review.
Apr 23, 2021
@rafae_l @porpoise Thanks!!
Apr 23, 2021
@Riskr Wrong!!
Apr 24, 2021
Hey man, I'm not trying to sound harsh or anything, but don't review genres that you don't respect. I don't think you should be reviewing electronic music if you don't think it's going to stand the test of time. What's the point? It's preposterous. How would it sound if you replaced Porter Robinson with Kendrick Lamar, and EDM for hip hop?

"Kendrick Lamar, a musical anomaly. Laying in a field of spuriousness, dazed and confused, a flower of authenticity blossoms, surrounded by insincere and cheap pastiches. In the five years since the release of his last album, while his fans’ mouths were left watering for more, Kendrick Lamar’s music, unlike nearly all of his hip hop contemporaries, has done the preposterous and withstood the test of time."

EDM is incredible, and there are dozens of artists and classic songs from the past decade that will stand the test of time. Believe that.
Apr 24, 2021
@GenreRespect I mean, when you look up EDM Artists on google, Porter Robinson shows up next to people like Marshmello, Skrillex, Diplo, The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, etc., artists who, in my opinion at least, mostly made cheap EDM music that has aged poorly. There are for sure some underground artists who haven't aged badly, but all of the genre's juggernauts, again, at least in my opinion, have aged pretty poorly. The point of reviewing Porter is that he was one of the rare cases where EDM music aged nicely.
Apr 24, 2021
@GenreRespect d’you make a whole account just for that
Apr 25, 2021
Lmaoooo he made his account just to scold chode for not liking edm
Apr 25, 2021
Anyways unbased score drop
Apr 28, 2021
Lower the score again and I murder
Sep 23, 2021
@Riskr ok
Sep 24, 2021
*murders*
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