Sound: New Reviews//Porcelain Raft

Now that I think about it, Porcelain Raft’s Strange Weekend really should have been on my best of 2012 list. Earlier this year I heard a couple tracks from this album that I really liked, but I did not hear the whole album until a couple weeks ago when I bought it. I have to say, Mauro Remiddi, or Porcelain Raft has crafted one of the most genius albums of his time. It is hard to describe how this album sounds because there is not much like it out there. Described by Remiddi as “Sleepwalking Pop”, it has a very dreamy and spiritual feeling, yet it’s definitely accessible; it’s not some academic exercise designed to impress by how clever it is. Strange Weekend is full of throbbing beats, rich sounds, and meaningful lyrics. At first glance, you might think that you get it, but I feel like every time I listen to Strange Weekend, it sounds better. The lyrics on this album are also great; they aren’t obvious or self-centered like so much music we listen to today.  And Remiddi’s voice fits the words perfectly:

Advising people not to travel far
Is that for real? Oh baby listen now
You might have hurt me all this time and yet I’m here tonight

And if I feel something for you now, it’s all in my brain, 
You will go away somehow
I wish nothing more than what I have
I hope you could say the same

From The Way In

Most songs on this album do not have a big chorus that is repeated, rather there are a lot of verses coupled with a repeated phrase. This leaves many more lyrics to be heard and explored.  I love how it has a wide range of songs, going from catchy, radio-ready sounds to slower, introspective songs. I’m going to close this review with an interview with Remiddi from Consequence of Sound

“I like the fact that this isn’t an album full of hits or doesn’t have any bold statement, it has brilliant moments and other moment less shiny, but never on your face. Just like real life in a way. To create an album that reflects that without fearing mediocrity, without feeling the pressure to be perfect all the time, that is my real achievement. To create something close to real life, and my life isn’t always brilliant. Why not showcase it?! Our life has moments of failure and moments of grandiosity, if I want to tell a story, I better tell it all.”-Mauro Remiddi

My favorite tracks on this album are:

Drifting In And Out

Shapeless and Gone

Backwords

Unless You Speak From Your Heart

The Way In

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