Following rave reviews for his debut album ‘Strange Weekend’, Porcelain Raft – aka Italian-born, New York-based Mauro Remiddi – is set to touch down on British soil for a series of fixtures around the UK. Backed by a live drummer, Porcelain Raft’s gigs feature stunning reinterpretations of the album’s dreamy textures.
1st September 1234 Festival Shoreditch
2nd September End Of The Road Festival
7th September Bestival Isle Of Wight
8th September Dublin The Pearse Centre
To mark the occasion, the album’s glorious opening track, Drifting In And Out, will be released a single on 8th October.
A born traveller, Remiddi has live in Rome, London, North Korea and New York, and spent time touring with the Berlin Youth Circus playing traditional gypsy Klezmer music. His global outlook colours ‘Strange Weekend’, a spectral, drifting record that sits happily next to contemporaries M83 and Beach House thanks to its woozy melodies and fountains of synths.
The show in Dublin on the 8th is his first Irish show, and is also for a homeless charity so there’s two reasons right there to get behind it.
Porcelain Raft’s “Drifting In And Out” is the opening track to his debut full length, Strange Weekend. It’s the Italian born singer’s anthemic, gauzy and chiming call to arms. The 7″s b-side, “Chain,” astutely balances melancholy and wistfulness. Remiddi does his best heartstring pulling to date as he sings “and I feel something/something I cannot deny/half my life behind.”
PORCELAIN RAFT – the video for ‘Drifting In and Out’
“Strange Weekend drifts and delights” **** Uncut
“Difficult not to be moved by such expertly-crafted bliss” **** The Fly
“A ravishing series of nebulous swoons.” Mojo
“Beautiful melodies emerge through clouds of sound like sunlight” **** The Sun
“his songs have real soul and substance… High Praise, well deserved” **** The Times
“a record that provides nothing but saccharine, hazy highs.” 8/10 NME