Electronic producer Porter Robinson's long-awaited sophomore album Nurture is still in the works, but the songs he's released so far reveal just how much he's grown as an artist since his still-formidable 2014 debut album Worlds. There was "Get Your Wish," "Something Comforting," and today his latest track "Mirror" dropped. It's the furthest leap forward yet for the EmotionalDM songwriting he's showcased on songs for Nurture, and it might be his best. Take a listen below:
In a statement, Robinson described how his own struggles with self-confidence helped form the song:
‘Mirror’ is a song about the costs of being hard on yourself. We all have these avatars that we give to our critical inner voices - we might imagine a scornful parent telling us we’ll fail, or a critic telling us our work comes up short, or a society telling us that we aren’t good enough - it’s about recognizing that most of this criticism is self-inflicted. For years, I was imagining the worst thing a critic might say about my music and looking at my own work as negatively as possible as a way to protect myself from criticism, but it never once served me. My hope is that other people can overcome this same kind of shame - it can be really liberating to recognize that most of the time, we’re only letting our own thoughts get in the way, and we can do something about it.