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Acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and producer Porter Robinson has unveiled a stunning visual for his latest single, Look at the Sky. The track features on the musicians sophomore record, Nurture, due out this April.
Directed by Chris Muir and choreographed by Matty Peacock (Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez), the visual sees Robinson sitting at his piano within a monochromatic room with lush greenery growing from its ground. Soon, the musician is surrounded by ghostly figures. The minimalistic approach the the visual creates a captivating visual experience through highlighting certain elements within the scene.
“I wanted to represent the things we all contribute to this world, and how they last even after we’re gone,” Porter says about the video, which he creative-directed alongside Samuel Burgess-Johnson (The 1975, Tove Lo, The Japanese House). “When I make music in a room by myself, I’m not truly working alone—someone else invented the piano, the computer, the software, even the ideas of melody, chord, harmony and scale. We’re always collaborating with a limitless number of people we don’t know, most of whom aren’t around anymore. We’re all contributing something to the world with our every action, for better or for worse. When we’re gone, let’s hope that the things we leave behind will be useful and beautiful.”
After reaching critical acclaim with his debut record Worlds, Porter experienced the anxiety that can follow after feeling pressure due to his musical success, which ultimately led to a struggle to create which was exacerbated by his brother’s diagnosis with a rare and aggressive cancer. Porter found himself nestling back into his songwriting though experimentation with new sounds inspired by early-aughts rave music, which turned into critically acclaimed side project Virtual Self.
Finding himself returning to the piano, Porter found himself creating Nurture, an album that serves as a documentation of that period of time within his life, whilst also creating a body of work centred around hope and persistence. Set to be an intimate listening experience, Nurture champions the power of vulnerability while paying homage to the struggles that pushed him to grow. The record will be released in a number of formats, including limited edition coloured vinyl and a Deluxe Vinyl Box, all available for pre-order here.
Nurture is out April 23. Watch the music video for Look At The Sky below.