February 28th, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments
This week’s artist of the week makes intimate, lo-ish fi dream-pop. I somehow stumbled onto him several months ago and knew he was awesome, but wasn’t sure if other people were going to catch on. But now it looks like they’re starting to. The artist of the week is…
Porcelain Raft is Mauro Remiddi, a 37-year-old musical artist living in London, England. He used to be part of a band called Sunny Day Sets Fire but he left because he felt like he was “faking it”, retreating to his bedroom to make his current stuff. And amazingly, things appear to be working out – he’s currently playing festivals, opening for bands like Blonde Redhead and Tennis, and getting written up about in Pitchfork.
So why is Porcelain Raft awesome? Well, the guy knows his way around a beautiful melody and a good line, and his songs have depth to them, they’re not just pop ditties. The song I blogged about before, “Strange Feeling”, is so strange and otherwordly in its depiction of such simple things: “I knew a man/who was shaking some hands/I tell everybody, oh what a man/I met tonight/He was smart and very kind.” The leading track of the recent Gone Blind EP, “Tip Of Your Tongue” has such a pretty little refrain, it’s amazing no one’s ever taken advantage of that idiomatic saying before for a song. And also, it just feels like a great, simple pop song. ‘Nuff said.
He’s also got a great little website where he posts videos and songs and stuff all the time.
So yeah…it’s good music.