After the release of the track ‘Shelter’ and a stunning music video to go with it, weeb Porter Robinson is back with an experimental EP – this time under a new alias, releasing self-titled Virtual Self late November last year. I find it to be very sonically intriguing—the sound design on here is amazing. The tracks on Virtual Self stray very far from what a typical Porter Robinson song would sound like. The EP only consists of five songs, each of which varies in genre, ranging from what I would categorise as hard dance to neotrance.
The Virtual Self EP paints a futuristic dystopian setting – much like the world of Ghost in the Shell or the recent Blade Runner 2049. The best way I can describe it is that it sounds something like what you would hear on the Dance Dance Revolution/Initial D arcade machines back in the early 2000s. There is an entire “lore”, if you will, behind this project. As I understand it, the “lore” pretty much surrounds the concept of, as the alias and EP title suggests, a self that is virtual. You could find the full version of the lore and have a read for yourself in the description tabs under Virtual Self’s ‘Eon Break’ and ‘Ghost Voices’ music videos on Youtube