Posts tagged ‘Porcelain Raft’
Porcelain Raft’s video for “Unless You Speak From Your Heart” was accidentally posted live last week on vimeo, and like a handful of other music sites I put it up here at Their Bated Breath. But it was really meant for today. Anyway, Porcelain Raft’s PR folks were wonderful about it. Seriously. E-mailed everyone who posted it, asking nicely to take it down until it was officially ready. So here it is. (My apologies to those of you who saw the post and linked to it, only to see me take it down.) This is Porcelain Raft’s second video for a single off his upcoming release, “Strange Weekend”. Porcelain Raft’s debut album is out as of January 23 in the UK and just yesterday in the U.S. via Secretly Canadian. Read archived Their Bated Breath posts about Porcelain Raft here. Note: Photo is a video screen capture. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Porcelain Raft posted a second single from off his upcoming release, “Strange Weekend”. The song, “Unless You Speak From Your Heart”, follows “Put Me to Sleep” and it’s video. Porcelain Raft’s debut album will be out January 23rd in the UK and on Jan. 24th in the U.S. via Secretly Canadian. Read archived Their Bated Breath posts about Porcelain Raft here. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Porcelain Raft’s debut album “Strange Weekend” is out January 23rd in the UK and on Jan. 24th in the U.S. via Secretly Canadian. Here’s a new video for the fatalistic track, “Put Me to Sleep”, directed by Porcelain Raft’s Mauro Remiddi. If this first single is any hint as to the rest of the record, then we’re in for a good one. It’s strange to think of Porcelain Raft putting out a first official record, because I’ve heard a number of his songs, singles, and EPs like “Fountain’s Head”, “Curve”, and “Gone Blind”. But that’s just it — for the most part, much if not all of his music has come out via the web. The current tracklist for “Strange Weekend” is as follows: 1. Drifting In And Out; 2. Shapeless & Gone; 3. Is It Too Deep For You?; 4. Put Me To Sleep; 5. Backwords; 6. Unless You Speak From Your Heart; 7. The End of Silence; 8. If You Have a Wish; 9. Picture; 10. The Way In – David D. Robbins Jr.
Porcelain Raft posted a cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” on bandcamp. But it’s more like a re-working, than a straight cover. Yeah, the melody is there. There’s a familiarity we all have to the songs of “Nevermind”. Porcelain Raft buries the vocals in echoed reverb, drags the song into a kind of hazy narcotization, adding texture and ambiance through warped pulsations, sonic guitar and howling backing vocals. It’s really a cool re-imagining. – David D. Robbins Jr.
I’ve always loved this Porcelain Raft track, with its pairing of subtle guitar strumming and windy echoed textures. Its prettiness rests on a muffled and disintegrating aesthetic. So good. Here’s a new video for “I Found a Way”. – David D. Robbins Jr.
WELCOME TO THE DAYDREAM: This track is so damn good. Porcelain Raft’s beautiful track, “Come Closer”, will be included on the A-side of his newest release, “Ghosts of The Perfect Language”, which will be available on cassette sometime in mid-January via sixteentambourines. But you’ll want to be quick about it, because there are only going to be 150 copies. It will include five other tracks. The tracklisting is: Side A: 1. Come Closer, 2. Dragonfly, 3. Gone Blind. Side B: 1. Stained Glass, 2. The Back of My Eyes, 3. Tip of Your Tongue. He’s also released a video for the song, featuring some famously romantic scenes from Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights”. — David D. Robbins Jr.
UNLIMITED TALENT: It doesn’t take long after hearing Porcelain Raft’s (aka Mauro Remiddi) music before you realize this Italy-born songwriter does things his own way. On his bandcamp site he has two EPs, “Curve” and “Gone Blind”, a single entitled “Stained Glass” and an online album, “Collection of Porcelain” that has become a temporary repository for all the new tracks he creates. His music is drifting as smoke and thickly layered with atmospherics built on fuzzed-out guitars, percussive loops, samples and keyboard melodies. The music rises and falls, building on tension and crashing into disintegration and white noise. It’s gorgeous and resolutely romantic music. One of my favorite tracks, “After the Weather”, is a passionate pondering of love and the meaning behind relationships: “Who do I trust the most, and how can I tell? / Who do I love the most, and why should I care?” “I Found a Way” opens with scratchy, pulsing soundscape, and a bass loop that sounds a bit like Joy Division. Another standout song, “Tip of the Tongue”, will be out November 8 as an 7-inch, and is limited to 500 copies. Listen to the song at his bandcamp site. You can pre-order the record here. Porcelain Raft is a can’t miss musician, with loads of talent. – David D. Robbins Jr.