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Strange Weekend

Porcelain Raft

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Album Review

Checking the liner notes of Porcelain Raft's debut album Strange Weekend reveals that Mauro Remiddi recorded all the music and vocals in a Brooklyn basement during a two-month span. If you didn't see that, you could probably guess…at least about the basement part. Remiddi's sound is very insular and bathed in reverb and effects, yet still intensely personal and vaguely confessional. It's like he's a Panda Bear who digs Donovan more than he does Arthur Russell; the sounds are always in service of the songs instead of the other way around. The important part of the equation is the short amount of time Remiddi spent recording the album. Rather than tinkering forever or wasting time adding more and more layers, there is a tight focus to the songs and the sounds that gives the album a nice punch and immediacy that many bedroom/basement dreamers can't quite grasp. Remiddi is able to almost flawlessly balance being able to craft beautiful backgrounds for his songs and making sure these sounds don't get in the way of the songs themselves. It's a trick that isn't easy to pull off and it's doubly impressive that he's able to maintain it over the course of the album. A few of the songs stand out as possible mixtape staples: the gently strutting "Unless You Speak from Your Heart," which oddly enough sounds like a T. Rex groover filtered through Brooklyn murk; the quietly majestic "Drifting In & Out," and the girl-group-in-a-wind-tunnel "The End of Silence" all fit the bill nicely. Along with these easy to swallow gems, the record is loaded with deceptively powerful songs that ground the album in real emotion and show that Remiddi isn't just fooling around with sound: the sluggish, hip-hop inflected "Is It Too Deep for You?"; the achingly tender "Backwards," and the album's last song "The Way In" are all examples of Remiddi's depth and the deceptive emotional pull of the album. Strange Weekend is a very impressive debut album, full of craft, emotion, and songs that you'll want to listen to again and again., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great song- shapeless and gone

I can't believe there are not more reviews on here... I admit I have only listened to one song, but shapeless and gone is amazing! Good track.

A Unique Experience. Listen To This!

Why this record is so under appreciated is beyond me. "Strange Weekend" is Italian born Mauro Remiddi's debut as Porcelain Raft. It combines dream-pop with indie-rock, and with a hint of shoegaze added to create a sound that will make you melt in your seat. It's a great listen for anyone who appreciates indie music, but it might not be for everyone. I would recommend you listen to this as a whole first, instead of a few selected tracks. If you like it, spread the word! This needs a lot more recognition.

Just what I was looking for

Dreamy, hypnotic, interesting instrumentals and male vocals for a change with this style of music. I fell instantly in love with Am I Deep Enough. I plugged in Still Corners on iTunes radio to discover this amazing band. Check it out.

Biography

Formed: Rome, Italy

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Italian-born singer/songwriter Mauro Remiddi makes dreamy indie pop with his solo project Porcelain Raft. Prior to playing with Onyee Lo in the duo Three Blind Mice, and in their full five-piece band Sunny Day Sets Fire, the bedroom shoegaze artist got his start composing the soundtrack for the short film La Matta dei Fiori in 1997. The next decade was spent performing in his two groups, as well as collaborating with video artist Ra Di Martino and Filthy Dukes for their 2008 album Nonsense in the...
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