Years Of War
Label: Astralwerks (ASW)
Having built his reputation with flash-bang festival anthems like "Language," Porter Robinson takes a different tack on his second album, forsaking EDM buzz in favor of sumptuous, sentimental electro-pop. Reflecting his fascination with all things Japanese, virtual "Vocaloid" singers play starring roles alongside human guest vocalists. Daft Punk's influence looms large on tunes like "Fresh Static Snow," while "Natural Light" and "Sea of Voices" take after James Blake and M83, respectively. For Robinson, Worlds opens up a brave new world of musical possibility.