22 February 2012 Stuff We Like

Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend

Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend

Ever since seeing an absolutely engulfing performance at the Glasslands Gallery by Porcelain Raft (aka the one man band orchestrated with guitar, synths, electro drum beats, and endearing falsetto by Mauro Remiddi of Rome) in support of the Gone Blind EP last year, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for this first full-length release. Well, It’s finally here and most definitely worth the wait. I find listening to Strange Weekend a veritably surreal and cosmically transporting experience in the best possible way. It has a way of temporarily removing me from the constraints of both time and space.

The ground-swell of warm ambience which permeates from Strange Weekend in all of its hazy, daze-y and dare I say shoe-gaze-y sound is most closely reminiscent of the likes of such inimitable classics as Loveless or Souvlaki Space Station. Imbued with such a spirit, yet also with a uniqueness that’s all its own, this release is truly one of the bright spots in the realm of indie music today. Although it may be a tad too early for me to start compiling a best of 2012 list, I already know it will be in my top ten by the end of the year at the very least. Try listening to “Drifting In And Out,” “Put Me to Sleep,” or “Unless You Speak from Your Heart” and not feeling breathtakingly moved into a higher state of consciousness. If this most excellent LP makes you feel any differently, then I suggest you be prepared to answer Mauro’s question: “Is It Too Deep for you?” Don’t take too long, though; this awesome white vinyl pressing on Secretly Canadian is limited edition.

– Melissa Miccio

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