Canada’s Chet Porter taps Aussie beatsmith Alison Wonderland for a new bittersweet, psychedelic feeler, “Bummed.” Through a cloud of Porter and Wonderland’s dissonant vocals, hazy mallets shine through the fast-paced percussive atmosphere with a bed of lush, sustained synths. In the last leg of the track, we’re introduced to a serenading high pitched flute-like synth that lifts the energy.
Porter sent a reflection on the collaborative work in a press release,
“I recorded my vocals after Alison messaged me about these dolphins that were at her hotel. They looked so sad to be in this little pool, they weren’t even moving and just looked depressed and like they’d given up. I’ve read somewhere that dolphins can commit suicide by holding their breath until they die. Anyways, the song’s basically about dealing with depression. I wanted to mention different things like how a person can look happy, but it doesn’t mean they are.”
Chet Porter and Alison Wonderland’s collaboration comes nearly six months after last year’s, “The Longest Day Ever,” which was Porter’s first original release in a three year span. Listen to “Bummed” below.
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