After a seven-year wait, electronic producer Porter Robinson’s sophomore album Nurture has finally arrived.
The North Carolina-based producer previously teased the album with emotional singles including “Musician” and “Look at the Sky,” as well as last year’s uplifting anthems “Something Comforting” and “Get Your Wish.” The LP is the long-anticipated follow-up to his celebrated debut full-length, Worlds, released in 2014.
Nurture follows a highly challenging period for Robinson, who found himself in a creative rut fighting debilitating bouts of anxiety and impostor syndrome. Speaking to NME, the producer said he “felt really convinced that I wouldn’t be able to ever make music again. And that was always my greatest fear.”
For the 14-track Nurture, Robinson returned to his piano and voice, fundamentals of music-making that helped pull the producer out of depression. Blending live instruments and digital synths with artificially pitched vocals, chopped samples and cozy ambience, Nurture’s tracks move from cinematic electropop to experimental folktronica soundscapes, touching upon personal subjects of self-discovery and affirmation. A Japanese edition of Nurture will also contain a bonus track featuring Wednesday Campanella.
“I realized I shouldn’t write music with the expectation that the productivity or achievement will fix my problems, but instead with the hope that my honest expression will move people the way music moves me,” the producer tweeted in a 2020 letter to his fans explaining “Get Your Wish.”
“So when I was really struggling to write and it seemed impossible, instead of thinking, ‘You’re struggling because you’re a fraud, you’re clearly not cut out for this,’ I began to tell myself, ‘Yeah, this is what you sacrifice.’”
Tomorrow (April 24) also marks the beginning of the online music festival Second Sky, which Robinson curated. The event will be streaming on online platforms, and will feature Porter himself as well as No Rome, Kero Kero Bonito, Yvette Young, Baauer and Serph.
Listen to Nurture below: