Watch: Porter Robinson Brings Digital Landscapes to ‘Flicker’ Music Video

By Scott T. Sterling

Porter Robinson‘s stellar new album, Worlds, has been in heavy rotation at Glimmerist HQ as of late. Already on the fast track to one of our albums of the year, the song “Flicker” was an immediate standout that usually gets played a few times in a row before we can finally move on to the next tune.

Following in the tradition of the epic “Lionhearted” music video, the new clip for “Flicker” combines digital images to live action, creating a surreal environment akin to a video game.

Where “Lionhearted” explored a youth-gone-wild rampage, the video for “Flicker” offers up a rolling landscape as seen through the window of a moving train. The clip sets a warm, hypnotic mood that perfectly mirrors the track.

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“I very much love chipmunked-up soul beats. Just late Jay Dilla-t stuff,” Robinson told about the track during a recent interview. “I think that the reason I love soul samples is because of the Daft Punk Discovery album, which remains my favorite album of all time. So when I heard the same style of records in a hip-hop context I was really, really in love when I was younger. I was messing with soul samples and made this little beat just for fun, at least I thought. Then I’d made this MP3 of taking a bunch of titles I had in a notepad and ran them through a Japanese text to speech program and it spit out this basically nonsensical Japanese text and I cut it up into this little rap and I was just so charmed by that. It’s the two sides of me, very much… that’s one of my favorite songs on the album.”

Robinson’s tour in support of the Worlds album kicks off on Aug. 28 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


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