If you’re a fan of Beach House, you may as well stop reading now and skip down to the song at the bottom of this post – this is definitely for you. The whole dream pop thing has been tried by many, but few manage to pull it off with the skilful elegance that it requires – which is what made Teen Dream so exceptional upon it’s release. He might not have an album out yet, but Porcelain Raft’s efforts to date certainly rank higher than most in scaling the heights of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s effort from earlier in the year.
That’s not to say that the songs made are merely replicating an a near-perfect formula – Mauro Remiddi is the person behind the moniker, and there’s a personality within these icy, distant beats. Each track is an exercise in balancing pure pop and atmospheric ambience, with the results differing only in their style but rarely in their magnificence. ‘Tip of your Tongue’ could easily be on some of the better commercial radio stations thanks to it’s catchy chorus, but you’d be hard pressed to find ‘I found a way’ gracing even the most experimental graveyard shift show.
There’s an EP available for a pound, which is pretty much the best value for money you’re going to find anywhere for music this good. Porcelain Raft is based in London, so you can’t help but feel that someone’s going to put this stuff out on a cassette at some point, so keep your walkman on standby. If you’ve got any sense, you’ll be down in Hoxton watching Perfume Genius anyway, but if you get down a bit earlier, you’ll be able to hear the likes of this, too:
Porcelain Raft – Tip of your Tongue [download at tlobf]