Porcelain Raft

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Porcelain Raft
Also known as Mauro Remiddi
Born 1972
Rome, Italy
Genres alternative, indie pop, Indie rock
Instruments vocals, guitar, sampler, loops, keyboard
Years active 2010-present
Labels Secretly Canadian
Acéphale Records
Associated acts Youth Lagoon
Yuck
The War On Drugs

Porcelain Raft is Mauro Remiddi's main music project. The New York-based musician began his long, prolific career in Italy, the place of his birth, playing for small, local projects. After composing the original soundtrack for the 1997 Italian short-film La Matta dei Fiori,[1] and collaborating and touring the world with various bands, Remiddi launched his first solo recording project under the moniker Porcelain Raft, and in 2010 released his first solo EP Gone Blind with Acéphale Records. In 2011 he signed with Secretly Canadian and released the debut Porcelain Raft full-length record Strange Weekend which peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums chart.[2] Permanent Signal, Porcelain Raft's second album, is scheduled to come out on Secretly Canadian in August 2013.[3]

Mauro Remiddi[edit]

Remiddi reportedly began experimenting with music when he was ten years old, playing his grandmother's piano and making make-believe radio programs on a small tape-recorder.[4] He began touring around Italy when he was 20, playing accordion with a klezmer trio. Although he held other jobs to support himself, sometimes doing sound engineering or playing piano in hotels, he continued to tour Europe, and when he was twenty-seven he moved to London. From there, he continued to work with other artists and to tour as the lead vocalist, 12-string guitarist, and sometimes-drummer of Sunny Day Sets Fire,[5] a 5-piece rock band. In 2000, Remiddi spent three months in New York playing piano for an Off-Broadway show, and after spending 12 years in London, performing with rock bands and collaborating with visual artists, he traveled back to the city for the annual CMJ music conference, met his wife, and moved to Brooklyn two weeks later.[6]

2010 to present[edit]

In the first year and a half of working as Porcelain Raft, Remiddi self-released a handful of singles and EPs on Bandcamp, put out his first official EP with Acéphale, and began playing local venues as a solo artist. The live shows, for which only one other musician, Michael Wallace (drummer) joined him onstage, featured music from Strange Weekend. In 2011, The New York Times featured Porcelain Raft in a review, describing the sound of one show at the New York venue the Mercury Lounge as an updated form "of shoegaze pop, the spacier side of new wave, contemplative indie rock."[7] In 2012, Porcelain Raft performed two exclusive live-sessions for MTV HIVE[8] filmed a "Take Away Show" for La Blogoteque, and was featured on NBC NY's Non-stop Sound. Consequence of Sound included "Strange Weekend" in a list of 2012's most anticipated albums.[9] The Guardian featured Porcelain Raft as "New Band of the Day" on September 27, 2010 [10] and in November of the same year gave Remiddi another feature in the "First Sight" series.[11] In January 2012, The Boston Globe included Porcelain Raft in their Arts section "annual roundup of artists to keep an ear out for in 2012." [12]

Strange Weekend[edit]

Upon relocating to New York, Remiddi immediately began to record Strange Weekend, inspired by his new environment. He describes the record as "a snapshot of [himself] being in New York, in a basement.”[13]

Tracklist

  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[14]

Critical reception[edit]

In February 2012, Pitchfork named “Unless You Speak From Your Heart” Best New Track.[15] The A.V.Club wrote “Assembled in a Brooklyn basement, Porcelain Raft’s debut Strange Weekend has this DIY aesthetic, but tolerates no defects in presentation. Italy native Mauro Remiddi’s solo project is built on meticulously constructed and delicately polished dream-pop soundscapes, delivered with urgency and momentum.“[16]

Permanent Signal[edit]

On June 19, 2013, Porcelain Raft announced their second record,[17] Permanent Signal, would be released August 20, 2013. A month later, the first single, "The Way Out," was released as a self-directed visual stream by Mauro Remiddi.[18]

Permanent Signal was recorded at the end of 2012 with all new equipment and help from Jonny Rogoff (Yuck) on drums, Darby Cicci (Antlers) on bass and Gaspar Claus (collaborator of Sufjan Stevens and The National) on cello. The title is meant to evoke a sense of loneliness through the symbolism of a phone-line without connection. Remiddi articulated feelings of disconnectedness when discussing the record and life on-tour. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two and a half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends I rarely see," explains Remiddi. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. This is where the album title came from: the idea of a signal that says the line is off."[19]

Tracklist

  1. Think Of The Ocean[20]
  2. Cluster
  3. Minor Pleasure
  4. Open Letter
  5. Night Birds
  6. It Ain’t Over
  7. I Lost Connection
  8. Warehouse
  9. The Way Out[21]
  10. Five Minutes From Now
  11. Echo[22]

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Permanent Signal, Secretly Canadian, 2013
  • Strange Weekend, Secretly Canadian, 2012

EPs

  • Silent Speech, Secretly Canadian, 2013
  • Gone Blind Remixes, Acéphale, 2011
  • Fountain's Head, self-released, 2011
  • Big Orange Studios 5/31/2011, Daytrotter, 2011
  • Gone Blind, Acéphale, 2011
  • Ghosts of the Perfect Language, Sixteen Tambourines, 2011
  • Despite Everything / The Wall, Transparent, 2010
  • Collection of Porcelain, self-released, 2010
  • Curve, self-released, 2010

Singles

  • "Think of the Ocean," Secretly Canadian, 2013
  • "Drifting In and Out," Secretly Canadian, 2012
  • "Unless You Speak From Your Heart," Secretly Canadian, 2012
  • "Come As You Are (Kurtvana cover)," self-released, 2011
  • "Tip of Your Tongue," Acéphale, 2010[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Porcelain Raft - Music Biography, Credits, and Discography” AllMusic Jason Lymangrover. 2013.
  2. ^ “Billboard Heatseeker Album Chart” 11 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Porcelain Raft's 'Think of the Ocean' Signals Sumptuous August Album" Spin Kyle McGovern, 19 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Catching Up With Porcelain Raft's Mauro Remiddi"Out Magazine 24 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Sunny Day Sets Fire" 2009.
  6. ^ “The Worldy Mauro Remiddi Finds His Place as Porcelain Raft” “Blackbook” Jeremy Gordon. April 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Seduction, Sometimes With A Shout" New York Times Jon Caramanica, 26 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Porcelain Raft MTV News Updates". MTV. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  9. ^ "2012 Album Guide"Consequence of Sound 11 January 2012.
  10. ^ "No 875:Porcelain Raft" The Guardian Paul Lester. 27 September 2010.
  11. ^ "First Sight: Porcelain Raft | Culture"The Guardian 25 November 2010.
  12. ^ "12 Acts to Listen For in '12" The Boston Globe 22 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Porcelain Raft Shows Off His Mostly Brilliant Self for "First Take" MTV Hive 18 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Check Out: Porcelain Raft - 'Unless You Speak From Your Heart'" Consequence of Sound. Alex Young. 10 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Porcelain Raft: "Unless You Speak From Your Heart" Pitchfork Larry Fitzmaurice. 13 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Porcelain Raft Strange Weekend" A.V. Club Chris Mincher, 24 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Permanent Signal described as far more organic" Spin. Kyle McGovern. 29 June 2013.
  18. ^ "Porcelain Raft Is Tripping (Way) Out In His New Visual Stream of The Way Out" Filter Magazine. 11 July 2013.
  19. ^ “Porcelain Raft | Permanent Signal” Secretly Canadian
  20. ^ "Porcelain Raft - Think of the Ocean" Exclaim!. Alex Hudson. 19 June 2013.
  21. ^ "Listen to Porcelain Raft's celebratory new single, 'The Way Out'" Consequence of Sound. Chris Coplan. 10 July 2013.
  22. ^ "Porcelain Raft - 'Permanent Signal' (new album/video)" Pop Matters. Jane Jansen Seymour. 27 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Porcelain Raft Profile". Discogs. Retrieved 6 August 2013.