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.
Porter Robinson closed out Second Sky with his Worlds Live set. This show was a beautiful celebration of all things that make up Porter.
There are not enough words to describe the beauty that was Porter Robinson’s set at Second Sky. The main act of the weekend lived up to all the anticipation. All of the excitement. This, the definitive edition of the Worlds Live set was the most amazing concert experience I’ve ever had. Made even more special due to the fact that I missed out on Worlds Live back in the day.
This show is the pinnacle of everything that defines Porter as an artist. With music from all of his past projects including Shelter, Worlds, Language, Spitfire and even ‘Say My Name’ this show has everything you could ever want and so much more.
The songs we all know and love are handled so delicately in the live version. They blend and flow into each other. It’s a flawless hour and a half of music. And with each song are specially crafted visuals and lights. The timing of the music with the visuals is something so coordinated between Porter and his team (shout outs to Ghost Dad) it’s unbelievable.
Each moment of this show was special. Hearing Porter sing live on ‘Sad Machine’, and all of the other times he sang throughout the show. There’s a moment that was hard to catch live, but I’ve listened to it a few times in the recording, where Porter actually sings “Loneliness, melt this curse away” before ‘Fresh Static Snow’ ever plays. It just illustrates the interconnectivity of this entire show. The songs aren’t one and done, everything builds on itself.
It’s hard to pick a definitive “best part” but ‘Fresh Static Snow’ was certainly up there. He played his usual “evil” edit of the song. Where it’s menacing. Dark. The visuals are red and ominous. Our deer-headed friend looks downright demonic. And there are actual flames that shoot out from the stage. It’s terrifying. But beautiful. We’re experiencing an actual curse. And as it builds and builds, there feels like there’s no way out, but to explode. When it feels like there’s about to be a drop, the music melts away into the most beautiful and melodic synths. The colors lighten up and we feel okay. But the darkness is trying to force its way back in. But these angelic notes are fighting it off. There’s a literal war on the stage between the darkness and the light. And in the end, the beauty wins out.
The show is full of moments like that. Secret narratives hidden behind the music. It all adds so much depth to his already pretty deep discography.
Porter has performed Worlds Live in many iterations throughout the years. It changes every so often. This version is what he called the Definitive Version. To create this show, he went back through everything throughout the years. Old live edits, old visuals, everything. It filled him with an intense nostalgia and put back into his 2014 mindset.
“I had this dream of making this album that would allow people to escape into another world. That was one of my dreams. To create this music and this show that could kind of bring people to another place. And my other goal was…I think I really wanted to feel understood. … But what I want to say is…2014 me, that kid, his dream really came true. And it’s all because of you guys.”
As the final notes of ‘Goodbye to a World’ played out and we all thought it was goodbye, Porter proved that he had some tricks and surprises up his sleeves. He came back to play a beautiful version of ‘Language’ (full disclosure, I’m intensely biased, since ‘Language’ is my favorite Porter song). And then he left us once more. But the lights still weren’t up, and people were calling for ‘Shelter’ as there had only been a fleeting moment of it during the set.
After Madeon got announced for Second Sky, there were a bunch of fans pleading for the return of a Shelter Live Set. How could you not want that? Both of them would be there. It would be the perfect opportunity. But the more cynical fans argued that that would never happen. And it didn’t. But we did get something at least.
After ‘Language’, Porter comes back on stage, but he’s not alone. He has none other than Hugo Leclercq with him. They wave to the cheering sea of fans, and walk to the table, hand-in-hand to perform ‘Shelter’. It was so evident that they were having the time of their lives up there performing again. They have such a strong and beautiful friendship. They feed off of each other’s energy. And the performance was magical. It’s clear that Hugo’s singing has definitely improved, since he’s been practicing for Album Two. ‘Shelter’ has never sounded so good.
They parted ways with a hug as Madeon exited the stage so Porter could play the end of the song. It was the perfect ending to a perfect performance.
This show felt like a goodbye to Worlds. Calling it the Definitive Version, and the fact that he’s already hinted that he’s making new music. What better send off for a groundbreaking album and live show than your own festival?
It was a privilege and an honor to get to experience this set not once, but twice. To finally feel the beauty and power that Porter’s music has in person, it’s cheesy to say, but it was life-changing.
And though we don’t know what Porter will bring to next year’s Second Sky, it’s guaranteed to be just as moving and extraordinary as this was.
So thank you Porter, for inviting us into your world, and sharing its magic.
Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Music Festival was a beautiful celebration of music. It achieved everything it set out to do, and more. Thank you Porter.
Last week, thousands of fans gathered in Oakland, California’s Middleshore Harbor Park and had their lives made. It was one of the most beautiful experiences. A weekend of pure magic. Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Music Festival.
An event planned and curated by Porter himself. His goal: to showcase some of his favorite artists. He played too, of course, but it was never really supposed to be about him. And Porter reminded us of that throughout the weekend.
It was so important to him, that the other artists received the attention, that he opened his own festival with his side project, Virtual Self. That’s more than a bit unheard of. But he knew that he was the draw for most people. And it worked. There was a sizeable crowd there right at 11:30 AM when the gates opened up. They dutifully stayed there after Virtual Self played, cheering and dancing for all of the acts.
The acts themselves were all impressive in their own right. They were at their best on that stage, and it really showed that they cared about this festival just as much as Porter did. They truly seemed to appreciate the space they had been given and wanted fans to feel that gratitude as well.
And it wasn’t just about the music. It was also about charity. Specifically the Robinson Malawi Fund. A charity started by Porter in honor of his younger brother, Mark, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer a few years ago. This fund’s goal is to aid in medical treatment for the children of Malawi who suffer from the same cancer that Mark did, Burkitt’s Lymphoma. The initial goal was to raise $50k, with Porter matching everything made at the festival. With Porter’s match, a total of $154k was raised, which is amazing.
Second Sky was not without its flaws. But that is to be expected, it was the first year, there were bound to be kinks to work out. It all had to do with the massive amount of people and how best to handle them. Specifically with the merch line and the shuttles at the end of the night. But honestly, by the time Sunday rolled around, most of the issues were better managed. As the festival continues on, it’ll just get better and better.
Words fail to describe the feelings of being at this festival. As cheesy as it sounds, attending really felt like coming home. Like this was where we were all meant to be this entire time. And that’s a special sort of feeling that only someone like Porter Robinson could achieve.
Madeon has announced a Good Faith Live Tour for this fall. With a short run in Europe and a huge North American Tour, there’s plenty of Good Faith to go around.
Just days after his energetic “Good Faith DJ Set” at Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival, Madeon broke his collective fanbase by announcing his official “Good Faith Live Tour”.
The tour begins on September 25th with a short European run. If you’re in London, Paris and Amsterdam, you’re in luck! After that, he moves onto a North American tour.
Running from October 30th to December 14th, Hugo will travel from Vancouver BC to Austin, Texas and everywhere in between.
This show is an entirely new live show. And it will be premiered at Lollapalooza. It’s a show that he’s been wanting to make for years. “I even built a scale model of the stage in my home to test visuals on…” he said in the announcement email.
This tour also means that Album Two isn’t far off. We’ve already been given the first taste of the Good Faith Era with ‘All My Friends’. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we get more.
Register for presale access here. And we’ll see you there!
Porter Robinson has started his own charity to benefit the children of Malawi. He will be accepting and matching any donations received at Second Sky Festival.
The kindness and over-all goodness of Porter Robinson never ceases to amaze us. After all, he decided to put on a festival in order to showcase his favorite artists. Then he announced he’s opening his own festival so that fans will come early and watch those other artists. And now, it’s come out that Second Sky will have a massive charity aspect.
In 2016, Porter’s brother Mark was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. In the US, it’s a rare form of cancer with a more than 90% survival rate. Luckily, Mark was among them, and he is now cancer free.
However, in the country of Malawi in Africa, the cancer is much more common, and much more deadly. It’s the most common childhood cancer, and the survival rate there can be as low as 29%.
Porter has just announced his own charity, the Robinson Malawi Fund. He’s working in cooperation with Mark’s doctors at UNC to help improve the survival rate in that country.
At Second Sky, there will be a booth, with Dr. Westmoreland (Mark’s doctor!) that will serve to share information and collect donations for the cause. He’s hoping to raise $50,000 and will match everyone’s donations at the festival.
Porter and Goldenvoice are also going to donate $1 from every ticket sold for the event. The livestream of the festival will also have ways to donate as well.
Together with Porter, we might just be able to make a difference. Thank you Porter, and thank you Dr. Westmoreland and UNC for all that you’re doing.