Porcelain Raft
Strange Weekend


4.0
excellent

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
January 24th, 2012 | 33 replies | 5,778 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As smooth as porcelain; as flowing as a raft on river.

Strange Weekend, from what I can work out, is not an album about those 2 treasured days at the end of 5, nor is it particularly strange. Mauro Remiddi’s androgynous hum is best absorbed rather than listened to – his soft tone more intact for reasons of texture rather than phonetics. It’s not his words that matter but rather the sound he makes saying them; not too dissimilar an idea to what the music on offer stands for. What Strange Weekend is, then, is an extremely lush, mellifluous trickle of restrained dream-pop – a gentle wave of sound to seep into the airwaves between you and your headphones, and transport you into a certain state of mind in the process.

The pulsing soft-ripple of electronic vibration on opener ‘Drifting In & Out’ sets the scene but is quickly demonstrated to be not the binding precedent, as the gauzy, watered-down psychedelica of ‘Shapeless & Gone’ and the hazy, twitching kinetics of ‘Is It Too Deep For You?’ are cautiously quick to make clear. Strange Weekend rolls by, taking in various shades of slumber-ridden mist with a set-list that manages to flow on one level yet find so many way to express its intent. There’s synthesisers that flutter and collapse into tweaked drum-machine rhythms; achingly lush guitars that strike in like a beam of warm morning sunlight before fading into the scenery; and, consistently, a sense that Strange Weekend has one gorgeous trick up its sleeve but a multitude of ways to captivate its audience.

It’s this musical intelligence; this mature craftsmanship; this natural, unforced type of sound that subtly and gradually begins to shine as one holds Strange Weekend closer to heart each listen; making it a contender not just for album of the month, but worthy of inclusion on end of year lists. Mauro Remiddi has crafted a splendid debut that truly seems more rewarding every listen, and magnificently, proves to be both restrained and cohesive but potentially single-worthy, with alternative dream-pop should-be hits like ‘Unless You Speak From Your Heart’. Intimate, spellbinding, consistent, cohesive and just damn pretty; Strange Weekend is one of those albums that comes out of nowhere and awes – but tragically so, if an audience is failed to be reached due to its unobtrusive manner. Speaking from my heart (call this a pun?), I implore you to go and discover just what Remiddi’s weekend has to offer.



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Horsehammer
January 24th 2012



550 Comments


good review, i oughtta check this out

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream: http://prettymuchamazing.com/reviews/albumreviews/strangeweekend

^ When you click the link it seems to add a: < / a >
Just delete this from the URL then hit enter then it takes you to the right page. Don't ask why their site is retarded...

Edit: Damn, that was quick. Thanks.

Eclecticist
January 24th 2012



3863 Comments


I wasn't at all impressed by this album.

Tyrael
January 24th 2012



20740 Comments


Good to see you reviewing some recent albums Tom!

pos'd

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks bud. New Years resolution in action.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You have too much time on your hands Tom ;)

Will check out!

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Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Or too much passion ;)

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gratz on the feature man! Well deserved

conradtao
Emeritus
January 24th 2012



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review! Now I don't have to write one. =]

Tyrael
January 24th 2012



20740 Comments


nooooooo conrad

sniper
January 24th 2012



18982 Comments


summary is awful.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2012



7144 Comments


Hey hey hey Conrad don't cop out on us now.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been featured! Haha, nice suprise! Thanks to whomever made the decision.

And thanks Conrad and clercqie.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2012



5921 Comments


congrats for the feature man

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Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers Voivod : )

Zion
January 24th 2012



812 Comments


Stream seems to be dead

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ When you click the link it seems to add a: < / a >
Just delete this from the URL then hit enter then it takes you to the right page. Don't ask why their site is retarded...


PorkchopExpress
January 24th 2012



387 Comments


Yeah, I think this guy has a really promising future ahead of him. Nice review.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2012



2714 Comments


Just saw them supporting m83. They were pretty average, though that might just be in comparison.

artificialbox
January 24th 2012



628 Comments


Decided to listen because why the hell not, and I'm really liking it so far. Great review, pos'd.



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