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Porcelain Raft's "Drifting In And Out" is the opening track to his debut full length, Strange Weekend. It's the Italian born singer's anthemic, gauzy and chiming call to arms.

The 7"s b-side, "Chain," astutely balances melancholy and wistfulness. Remiddi does his best heartstring pulling to date as he sings "and I feel something/something I ... Read more in Amazon's Porcelain Raft Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B00699QP28
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. Unless You Speak From Your Heart 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Home studio recordings can be quite charming: the notion of a man left alone with his creativity, manipulating divergent sounds without restrictions. But with that independence comes a possible downside. The drums may be a little off. Or there’s a persistent hiss you just can’t ignore. Perhaps the mix is somewhat dim. Still, the freedom of making music in the basement works for an artist like Mauro Remiddi, a former member of the band Sunny Day Sets Fire, now recording under the name Porcelain Raft. His brand of fidgety synth-pop sits somewhere between 1990s George Michael and M83: a stomping display of inaudible vocals and restless rhythms.

On his proper solo debut, Strange Weekend, Remiddi builds upon the foundation of his independently released Porcelain Raft work; except this recording, captured in a New York basement, is glossier and more focused than his previous collections. Just five months ago, the Fountain’s Head EP provided a brief glimpse into his withdrawn shoegazing aesthetic, even if the finished product felt somewhat unfinished. On the track Everything From Your Hands, for instance, his falsetto shimmered – and eventually cracked – atop an acoustic guitar melody. But while that set found the artist searching for his creative voice, Strange Weekend is a streamlined affirmation benefitting from a visceral approach. Here, the Porcelain Raft sound writhes with urgency, merging an isolated side with cleaner instrumentals.

On Shapeless & Gone, for example, Remiddi sings like a veteran John Lennon over a bouncy array of echoed drum drips and muffled strings. If You Have a Wish is an airy blend of sputtering thumps, the central voice drifting softly through the melody. At certain points during this efficient 34-minute recording, Remiddi disappears into the music, his ambient voice becoming another instrument in his self-effacing dance mixture. Perhaps, though, Strange Weekend needed seamless transitions between songs, as the awkward spaces disrupt the continuity and stall this album’s momentum. Nonetheless, this is an impressive debut and a solid step toward a more realised identity. There’s something soulful in the cellar.

--Marcus J. Moore

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 23 Jan. 2012
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They say you should never sound exactly like your record collection, something particularly true if you only have an ordinary collection. Happily, having upped sticks from Rome to London and then to New York, not to mention enjoying shifts playing folkloric gypsy tunes with the Berlin Youth Circus, forming and folding indie-pop outfit Sunny Day Sets Fire, dabbling in traditional North Korean music and maintaining a brief piano tenure for a tap dance show along the way, Mauro Remiddi is anything but ordinary.

Presumably he also has a remarkable record collection as a result too, but Strange Weekend isn't the pan-global mess you might therefore expect. True to the excellent and varied Porcelain Raft releases to date, Strange Weekend is instead always good quality, sometimes loop-led, usually electronic-influenced, one-man singer-songwriting of the laptronic dream-pop variety.

A mouthful that, but Remiddi is more succinct when he atmospherically simpers that "This is not a dream / This is for real" on his all-too-brief and cavernous closer. Reality bites into Remiddi's oneiric realm courtesy of his lovelorn vocal mew, which though disquieting nevertheless manages to retain its warmth.

Put to good use on the hazy, lazy opener "Drifting In and Out", this distinct voice, along with a clean beat and peels of chiming guitar, helps cement Porcelain Raft as a far more striking prospect than the not-too-dissimilar intangible ambience of fellow Italian expat Alessio Natalizia and his take-them-or-leave-them vehicles Banjo Or Freakout and Walls.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
electronic heartbreak 25 Feb. 2012
By J. Hubner - Published on Amazon.com
I tend to romanticize the idea of the lone musician. Alone, with nothing more than the tools of his or her trade(laptop, guitar, keyboard, microphone), the desire to create and the need to share that creation with the rest of the world. Within his or her safe place, be it a bedroom, living room or basement, the artist is free to express their ideas, emotions and heart through the intimacy of songwriting. There have been many of these musicians over the years that have gone the route of the studio hermit. Rather than surround themselves with musicians and collaborators, they take the lonely road and play every part. Overdubbing track after track, tweaking and fading, equalizing and compressing, fading in and fading out, adding and removing parts, till what they hear in their head is what they hear in their ears. Chillwave, a term I'm not particularly fond of, is a community of bedroom tweakers and laptop composers that are very much in the category of the lone wolf. Their self imposed solitary confinement to the bedroom, laptop, and Roland Juno-106 is out of necessity. These are the composers of the 21st century. They no longer need a symphony or music hall to display their art. They merely need a $30 music program and a laptop with a decent size hard drive. The keyboard is their symphony and the internet is their music hall.

Amongst the many artists to be included in this group, Porcelain Raft are one of the newer faces. The sole member, Londoner by way of Italy Mauro Remiddi, has a talent for creating dream-like soundscapes and lush arrangements that pull together both modern and classic synth pop. Strange Weekend's opening track, `Drifting In And Out' has a woozy modulated synth sound moving back and forth as Remiddi's heavily effected vocals sing not over the sound, but as another instrument. 'Shapeless & Gone' opens with light percussion and a strummed acoustic with Remiddi singing as if he's at a campfire in a cavernous region of Mars. `Is It Too Deep For You' is a lilting track with layered vocals, quiet, plucked guitar and spaced out echo. This is a standout track with buzzing drone underneath the calm and longing. `Put Me To Sleep' has almost a Love and Rockets vibe, especially in the vocal delivery. Something that could've played on 120 Minutes back in 1988 quite comfortably.

As much as Porcelain Raft wants to play with the cool kids(Neon Indian, Washed Out, Toro Y Moi among others), Mauro Remiddi has loftier goals for Porcelain Raft. This is good and bad. Good in that he wants to write songs that have more of a mass appeal, not just for the acid blotter crowd(I'm looking at your Alan Palomo) or the hipster crowd(hello, Ernest Greene). But bad in that he at times goes into more Vangelis meets Erasure territory, bordering on schmaltzy ballads. `Backwords' is pretty, but its syrupy-sweet keys and echoed handclaps make me have 7th grade dance flashbacks. 'The Way In', Strange Weekend's final track suffers from Air Supply-itis. It's too pretty for its own good. Fortunately a track like `Unless You Speak From Your Heart' saves the day with it's descending keyboard and falsetto vocals. This is how a ballad should sound.

In the overrun world of chillwave and laptop Brian Wilsons, Porcelain Raft is a welcome addition. He brings a pop finesse to a genre that could use a bit more of it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
it's worth paying for 3 Feb. 2012
By crescendoyear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Some really catchy songs here. I loved Porcelain Raft ever since I heard a song on Blalock's Indie Rock Playlist sometime last year. really happy with this, the songs Back Words and The Way In will bring tears.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
stange weekend-just the right amount of space shuttle noises 24 May 2012
By zed lakeland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this album was consistantly spacey without being snoozy. If you like the earlier albums froom air, or the lighter stuff from cold cave and the animal collective then you should thouroughly enjoy this.
Nice soundscape 10 Jun. 2013
By Addie A. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't gotten a chance to really listen to it, but it sounds lovely so far. I've already recommended it to friends.
By debailar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
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