Porter Robinson's EP as 'Virtual Self' Brings Bright And Dark Together In A Kaleidoscope of Fun: Listen

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Porter Robinson performs during the 21st annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 18, 2017 in Las Vegas. 

Grab your floating crystal, don your golden mask and prepare for a mystical adventure. Porter Robinson's self-titled first EP under his Virtual Self name is here.

The Worlds producer's new alias is high-concept musical nerdiness with a heavy Final Fantasy vibe. He prefaced the project with a layered website that teased the EP's tracks and featured a hidden, closed forum with lots of cryptic question-and-answer messages that seem to merge spirituality and philosophical questions about artificial intelligence, the nature of consciousness, and other fun, heady things.

Virtual Self, the alias, seems to have a split personality. It's tunes are broken down as thematic accompaniment to a black-cloaked woman named Technic-Angel and a masked, white-cloaked foil called Pathselector. Technic-Angel tunes are bright and bouncy. Pathselector tunes are technically higher bpm, but groove with a darker edge. The whole thing plays like a killer soundtrack to the best mid-2000s RPG Nintendo forgot to release.

Fans were warmed by lead singles "Eon Breaks" and "Ghost Voices." More inter-dimensional glitch and white noise space sounds await in the five-track release. It's a project that reeks of storytelling, so enjoy reading into each and every vocal sample like the total geek that you are.

Robinson will debut Virtual Self live at New York City's Avant Gardner Friday, Dec. 8. It'll most likely be some kind of incredible, futuristic nostalgia trip through a romantically sci-fi universe only Robinson could conjure. If you can't make it, you can at least have fun with the full EP below.


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