Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that Porter Robinson has finally pull behind the curtain of his new side project. Otherwise known as Virtual Self. Have you finished hearing every song on the EP? We hope you have, because it’s about to be dissected for you. So without further ado, let’s dive deep into this mysteriously long-awaited EP!
“Particle Arts” beautifully opens up the EP with the piano, as it quickly turns into that nostalgic 90s-infused techno/drumbeat-inspired drop. This track has so many elements in it, it’s almost hard to do it justice with words. Breakbeat is something that’s definitely prominent within this EP. The drum breakdowns are a very welcome touch in this track alone, and it really gives off that videogame-esque vibe for those fans of Final Fantasy. First thing that came to mind when hearing this track for the first time.
“Ghost Voices” you may have already seen in a previous review from us, so we won’t say as much on it this time since it’s brilliance has already been described in its own article. Regardless, it’s one of the best tracks on this EP without a doubt. “Key” is actually one of my personal favorites simply because of it’s hopeful opening, serene piano melodies, and it’s progressive style. The fast kick drums within it really add to it’s powerful closing which really helps bring this amazing journey of a song together.
“a.i.ngel (Become God)” is yet another triumph of music production. This song really has a lot of sides to it. It has glitch elements, experimental, progressive, chill vibes, it evokes feelings of melancholy, yet still manages to invoke vibes of a fighting spirit. I’m especially a fan of the final minute of this track, as it cuts to a very glitch-inspired closing.
“EON BREAK” was the very first single from this EP that was released months ago, so it’s only fitting that this be the last track on the EP. Clearly inspired by so many elements (videogames, 90s-era techno, D.D.R.-esque music, etc), this track really seems to bring together what Virtual Self really is. When I first hearing this song, I liked it…but didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. Because once I heard it close out this EP it really made so much more sense to me. Those fast kick drums really add to the ferocity of this track. The fact that it ends by trailing off into what could be assumed to be continued in a future EP is what’s most intriguing.
Wherever Virtual Self decides to go next, it definitely seems like there are more worlds through the realm of music to be discovered. And I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.
Check out the album below: