Friday, February 24, 2012

Stream: Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend

Strange Weekend is the debut of Mauro Remiddi who performs under the guise of Porcelain Raft. It is quite the journey of genre-hopping bedroom pop. You wouldn’t be able to tell that this record was recorded in his bedroom if I didn’t just tell you as much. The opener, “Drifting in and Out” is an airy track that takes it’s title quite literally. Following suit, the gentle "Shapeless & Gone" is reminiscent of Jesus and Mary Chain at their most accessible and ends with buzzing guitars that add welcome texture. The buoyant acoustic structure of "Is It Too Deep for You" is not too far removed from the tighter Atlas Sound compositions. With its skittering beat and unpredictable synths, “Unless You Speak Your Heart” is the clear standout. Another highlight is "Picture" which rounds things out with a trip-hop feel that keeps the album bouncing along before dream-pop closer "The Way In". Strange Weekend is one of the more exciting debuts of the year and you can hear the whole thing for yourself after the jump.

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