James Trevor Lucier III – Midnight Fire

Midnight Fire by James Trevor Lucier III is a song about love and love lost. A testament to what you’ll go through for someone that you love, and even then, it just ends.

Songs about love lost and heartbreak aren’t usually comforting. They’re often sad, and morose. But that’s not the case for ‘Midnight Fire’ by James Trevor Lucier III.

‘Midnight Fire’ most certainly makes me feel a lot of things. The story is sad, but there’s so much tenderness in each note that I immediately feel comforted. He pours all of the love that he felt for Girl into this song, and it shines through just as brightly as the Tie-dye that he creates.

When the speed picks up, it took my breath away. And by the end, I was still struggling to remember how to breathe. So much raw emotion in such a short time. I’ve got to say, it’s quite a thing to find how much the heart can sing when it’s got something on which to cling. And suddenly it doesn’t.

James Trevor Lucier III is an artist that I’ve known for years. Getting to experience this song as a culmination of all the hard work that he’s put into his art is something quite special. As soon as the first note began on ‘Midnight Fire’ it felt familiar. Like reuniting with a friend after a long time away. This song is wholly him, and it’s a thing of beauty.

Please listen to ‘Midnight Fire’ below. Feel the warmth and the comfort from this wonderful artist. Then listen to it again. You won’t regret it.

Porter Robinson – Get Your Wish

Porter Robinson’s first single off of his upcoming album is just as beautiful as we were hoping. ‘Get Your Wish’ is a powerful song about moving forward and rediscovering yourself.

i have to write the meaning of my life or else everything’s in vain

It’s been almost six years since we last heard a new Porter Robinson song. But the end result has been worth the wait. His newest song, ‘Get Your Wish’ is a beautiful song with a powerful meaning. It’s the first single from his upcoming sophomore album Nurture.

His musical journey has been one that seems to continuously go through a difficult cycle of creation, depression, realization, and recreation. This ongoing redefinition of what music means to him, and how to rediscover his joy in making it is how we went from Spitfire to Language to Worlds and now to ‘Get Your Wish’.

This newest iteration of Porter is just as stunning as Worlds ever was. There are definite flavors throughout that feel familiar. The effect on the vocals, the little blips and bleeps and the overall feeling of the song. It is at once gentle and strong. Powerful. And the lyrics are both melancholy and uplifting.

The vocals are quite interesting, they almost feel like a revisiting of AVANNA, but Porter posted on twitter that is actually him singing. He used effects to make his voice much higher. He said he initially did it to make singing about difficult subjects easier, but he “grew really attached to the sound of that voice”. It’s pretty safe to assume that this “voice” will be making many appearances throughout Nurture.

Knowing that this is actually Porter singing makes the song feel even more personal. It’s a song about that process of rediscovery. The need to keep going even when everything just feels wrong.

Before the song was released, Porter posted a very personal note about the song. He went into detail about how hard he was struggling for the past few years. How he, once again, lost sight of what music was supposed to mean. ‘Get Your Wish’ was his breakthrough where making music began to have meaning again.

Porter’s journey has certainly not been an easy one, but the hardships that he’s gone through with mental health and his own struggles have always led to beautiful creations, and this new song is no different.

but don’t you waste the suffering you’ve faced it will serve you in due time

Listen to ‘Get Your Wish’ below and also read what Porter had to say about the song. It’s very insightful and makes the song feel even more important than it already did.

Porter Robinson Announces Second Album

Porter Robinson has taken to social media to announce his sophomore album ‘Nurture’ coming sometime this year!

It seems like just yesterday that Porter Robinson posted a teaser on Instagram with newly blonde hair. “IF THIS DOESNT MEAN NEW PORTER MUSIC IS IN THE WORKS THEN WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON” Well sure enough, new Porter music was in the works.

He took to social media today to announce that his eagerly anticipated sophomore album will be called Nuture and will come sometime this year. The announcement came with more excitement, the first single will be released tomorrow.

Yes, that’s right. Finally, after six years we will be getting new Porter Robinson music. The song is aptly named ‘Get Your Wish’. The teaser gave us a short taste full of gentle piano and the very Porter touch that we all know and love. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough.

We don’t know the exact date yet when Nuture will be released, but perhaps we will get our first taste of Nuture Live at Second Sky 2, later this year. No matter when it comes, we’re all ready for it.

The new era of Porter is finally here.

Madeon – Good Faith

Madeon’s sophomore album Good Faith is finally out. It’s a beautiful album about growing up and about love. Though the wait has been long, this album is well worth it.

It has finally arrived. Madeon’s eagerly anticipated second album, Good Faith, is available for the whole world to listen to and enjoy. A ten-song, thirty-five-minute celebration. And though it took a long time to arrive, it lives up to the hype that the anticipation built. This album feels like a gift. A reward of making it this far. It’s special in ways that aren’t easy to describe.

The album opens up with the three songs we got as singles. ‘Dream, Dream, Dream’ leading into All My Friends’ and finally ‘Be Fine’. This album is all about growing up. The first half focuses on following dreams and experiencing joy, both positively and negatively.

‘Nirvana’ is one of the top songs on the album for me. It feels the most like classic Madeon. But that isn’t why I love it. The lyrics repeat over and over You may find it hard to breathe. And it definitely has a suffocating and claustrophobic feel to it. The distortion effects on the vocals make it feel like we’re truly struggling to breathe. And the way that it builds and transitions to the next song is seamless.

Ever since I heard it at the Brownies and Lemonade New Year’s Eve show, I have been waiting for ‘Mania’ to be released. So it should come as little surprise that this song is my number one for the album. There’s just something so mystical and epic about it. And the drums that come in at the end and just keep going are magnificent. More songs need to utilize drums like he does. And as I said before, the combination of ‘Nirvana’ and ‘Mania’ i so seamless, the two could almost be one song.

‘Miracle’ marks the second half of the album where the theme changes to focusing more about love. This is one of those songs that I thought I knew what it was going to feel like due to teasers and the live show, but the full experience is completely different. It begins as a tender, melancholy goodbye. A song full of regret. And then it explodes into a joyous choir as it picks up energy. It showcases a true transition of mood through experience. Sadness is okay and understandable, but it will eventually fade. At the end of the song, we get the iconic Can you show me a miracle? It’s gratifying to hear what leads up to this part.

The next song is ‘No Fear No More’. This one stands out because of the children’s chorus. The chants of “No Fear. No More.” They’re very powerful. Through the lyrics, it feels like this song is proving someone wrong. You say this future is a world away / I think you worry way too much. But I think it’s more that he’s reassuring himself. He used to tell himself that the future is a world away and his past self worries too much. This album is truly about growing up, Hugo has mentioned that multiple times himself. So what better way to feel that growing up than by recognizing that there’s no more fear. This is a powerful song. A personal anthem.

A total and complete love song takes the next spot. ‘Hold Me Just Because’ is about unrequited love through and through. And it is absolutely beautiful. Hugo’s singing is at its best in this song. Tender and heartbreaking, another goodbye. Just like ‘Miracle’, we’re saying goodbye, and this time we hope it’s for good. Hold me one last time so I can let you go. It ends with a clip of a woman speaking French. And while I don’t personally speak French, I’m told it translates to: You encouraged me to…
…well, to create something, and –

‘Heavy With Hoping’ was the absolute standout during the live show, and it’s still a standout on the album. One of the saddest songs that Madeon has ever released. It tells another tale of unrequited love. One from childhood, that hasn’t gone away. It’s absolutely heartwrenching. Maybe now we could be ready / Maybe this is just a test of faith / Save me. It’s the opposite of ‘Hold Me Just Because’. In that song, he’s finally ready to let go, but in ‘Heavy With Hoping’ he’s either unable or unwilling. This is what heartbreak sounds like.

We’ve made it to the last song ‘Borealis’. The piano in the intro is so light and lovely. It begins to mend the heartbreak from the past few songs. It even starts with A light from dark. Which is how this feels. Many people have said this song is the spiritual successor to ‘Shelter’ and it does have a few of those notes to it. But it feels more like Hugo talking to himself about what “Madeon” means to him. What has the project been, and what will it become, now that Good Faith is out? He doesn’t know But you’ll be made of passion, out of love.

This album exceeded all expectations. Hugo really outdid himself. And like I’ve been saying all along, it really is the most genuine music that he’s ever made. There were only a few problems I had with the album. They all really stemmed from the order of the tracklisting. I know he had his reasons for why he put the songs where he put them, that’s something that artists spend a lot of time on. It’s very important.

I personally feel that the three singles shouldn’t have been clumped together in the beginning. They sound so different to the rest of the album, that spacing them out would allow them to be appreciated more. There were also a few songs that just felt a bit out of place due to the themes. This album was pretty much split into two themes: Growing up and love. ‘No Fear No More’ feels like it should have been up higher. But that’s just getting nitpicky.

The album was amazing and it’s one that I’m going to be listening to for years on end. Madeon really outdid himself, and he should be proud of what he’s created.

Listen to Good Faith below.

Madeon @ Good Faith Live [Showbox SoDo and Roseland Theatre]

Madeon’s Good Faith Live tour is finally here. It’s a beautiful show that is well worth all of the waiting.

An experience that’s been years in the making, Madeon is finally touring his Good Faith Live show. In one word: Wow. I was lucky enough to see him in both Seattle and Portland and they were some of the best shows that I’ve ever been to.

It’s extremely clear from the first second to the last, just how much work and care that Madeon has put into this show. Each moment blends perfectly into the next, both in terms of the songs and the visuals. We’re being told a story here. There’s been a story the entire time, just as long as we were paying attention.

There were songs from both the new album, as well as new versions of our favorites from Adventure. Getting to experience the blend of the old and new was really special. One of the best examples of this was at the very beginning with ‘Pay No Mind’. It was very smart of Hugo to ease everyone in with something that they already knew, while at the same time, showing how the songs, and his sound, have evolved.

Another thing that has evolved is his singing ability. The three Good Faith singles that we’ve received so far (‘All My Friends’, ‘Dream Dream Dream’ and ‘Be Fine’) all feature his vocals. Then, of course, there’s ‘Shelter’ and a few from Adventure, like ‘Beings’. His singing has improved drastically over the years. He has gained so much more confidence in his voice, and it’s really wonderful to hear.

Now onto the new songs. The songs we haven’t really heard yet, but will be hearing very soon. They did not disappoint. Personally, ever since New Year’s Eve, at the Brownies and Lemonade show, I’ve been obsessed with that beautiful ID that he teased us with. It’s thought to be the song ‘Mania’ on the album, which is great. Getting to hear it with the visuals was what I wanted coming into the show. That was definitely a standout moment for me, but I knew it was coming. I have a similar feeling towards ‘Miracle‘ and ‘No Fear No More’. Two songs that I had already heard during Lollapalooza, but ones that I was so happy to experience live.

But the one song that I was not prepared for, and the one that has thus far been a fan favorite, at least with the people that I’ve talked with, is ‘Heavy With Hoping’. There are few words to describe ‘Heavy With Hoping’. A tender, and tragic love song. A moment of pure emotion. One that leaves us with one huge question: who is the vocalist?! That song knocked me off my feet with its beauty, and I still haven’t recovered.

There has been so much joy surrounding Good Faith Live. Whether it’s from fans or from Hugo himself. It’s just been such a beautiful start to a new era. And what these two shows that I got to see really proved was just how worth the wait everything has been. Every agonizing moment hungering for new music, or for him to just do something was all building up to this (and the album that’s coming out next week). And it was worth it.

If you have the chance to go see Good Faith Live, please do yourself a favor and do it. You will not regret a single second.