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Worlds is the debut studio album of American electronic musician Porter Robinson, released via Astralwerks on August 12, 2014. A synthpop album, it features complextro, electronic and bass house elements and is considered a departure from Robinson's previous "bass-fueled" style.
Worlds was succeeded by Worlds Remixed, a guest remix compilation of the album's original tracks, in 2015.
During 2012 and 2013, while touring for his single "Language", Robinson began to grow increasingly tired of the commercial EDM scene present at the time, citing it as "entertainment, not art" and saying that "by trying to incorporate DJ-friendly and dance-friendly elements into [his] music, [he] was often compromising and making songs worse." Because of this, he instead decided to focus on making an album that was true to himself and had personal meaning for him, particularly channeling his interest in Japanese culture such as Vocaloids, anime, and video games.
- Main article: Sea of Voices
Robinson remained quiet about the album throughout 2013 and early 2014, though on March 3, 2014, he unexpectedly released its first single, "Sea of Voices", during the Oscars, and it emerged into a worldwide trend on Twitter.
- Main article: Sad Machine
- Main article: Lionhearted
"Lionhearted", featuring indietronica band Urban Cone, was released as the third single from Worlds in June for the United States and August for the United Kingdom.
- Main article: Flicker
"Flicker", the album's fourth single, was released along with a music video on July 29, 2014.
|1.||"Divinity" (feat. Amy Millan)||6:08|
|3.||"Years of War" (feat. Breanne Düren & Sean Caskey)||3:56|
|5.||"Fresh Static Snow"||5:58|
|6.||"Polygon Dust" (feat. Lemaitre)||3:29|
|7.||"Hear the Bells" (feat. Imaginary Cities)||4:46|
|9.||"Lionhearted" (feat. Urban Cone)||4:26|
|10.||"Sea of Voices"||4:58|
|12.||"Goodbye to a World"||5:28|
Beginning on July 14, 2014, Robinson posted twenty-eight concept art pieces on Twitter as a countdown leading up to the release of Worlds.
- ↑ YouTube - Interview: Porter Robinson on "Sea of Voices", Future Music Festival and more... (Part One)
- ↑ The FADER - Porter Robinson Conquered EDM, and Now He Wants More
- ↑ Stoney Roads - Porter Robinson Talks Australia, Anime, 'Worlds', His Home Studio And More
- ↑ Billboard - 'I Expected a Backlash': Porter Robinson Talks 'Virtual' Music, Denouncing EDM, and Online Games
- ↑ @porterrobinson on Twitter - "sad machine. coming on 5.13. 【＝◈︿◈＝】"