Sea of Voices
Porter Robinson
12 days ago | by: Kyle Gill
by: Kyle Gill
12 days ago
A song about deconstruction and renewal, and coming to terms with it.
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The only vocals of Sea of Voices come in at the very end of the track:

We'll see creation come undone

What it takes to get there is a long and gradual buildup of bells, synthesizers, and heavenly "ahs". Sea of Voices was released as a single for Worlds. Porter's well received album that took a step away from his aggressive, self-dubbed "complextro" tracks like Spitfire (which overwhelmed Beatport's servers when it was released). Instead of complicated patterns of synth leads, Sea of Voices is the first example of Porter's growth into a more ambient domain. The phrase "we'll see creation come undone" seems self-referential, like Porter acknowledges what he's built up in terms of his musical style, and what he's letting become undone as he explores new sound.

A crash of drums and sounds reminiscent of Language serve as the dramatic climax of the track, and introduce one last chorus:

We'll see creation come undone
These bones that bound us will be gone
We'll stir our spirits 'till we're one
Then soft as shadows we'll become

Creation escaping its bounds, and becoming "soft as shadows" sounds like an understanding of the need to let things pass. Because all things must fail, it's okay to move on.

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