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Mauro Remiddi has a bit of a globe trekking past. The synthetic mastermind behind the music of Porcelain Raft, Remiddi grew up in Italy, lived in London for 12 years, and somewhat recently relocated yet again to New York City. But for musicians, where you choose to live is sometimes irrelevant. Often times it's just the place you store your stuff. Thanks in part to his 2012 debut, Strange Weekend, recent years have brought the kind of intense periods of traveling being a successful musician so often demands. It's a challenge to keep important people in your life, no matter how much technology like Skype and Facetime and pocket computers attempt to bridge the connection gap. Hence, the title that's scratched across the cover of his most recent follow-up, Permanent Signal; it means "a condition in which a phone line is off-hook without connection for an extended period of time."

So we were happy our recent demands of this amazing musician didn't involve spinning the globe beneath his feet. Perched in a picturesque setting at the end of a pier in his newest adopted hometown, Porcelain Raft's dewy performance at The Brooklyn Half Pre Party, sponsored by New Balance, showcased a variety of songs, new and old. Warm and heady, the sonic experience that unfurls in our latest concert video laps over the soul in overwhelming ways; synths and programmed beats and guitars churning about with Mauro's lovely, layered vocal melodies. Have a look and listen to this gorgeous video from a musician we're pretty sure is very happy to be at home in this performance under Manhattan's misty skyline.

About New York Road Runners' Brooklyn Half Pre Party
For three days leading up to the New York Road Runners' Brooklyn Half on May 17,
runners and their supporters gathered at the brand-new Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge
Park to pick up race materials, get psyched, and had a good time at the Brooklyn
Half Pre-Party presented by New Balance.

There was plenty of energy, including music curated by Baeblemusic, DJ's, and
fitness classes run by New York Health and Racquet Club. Runners got their
participant T-shirts and bibs and enjoyed authentic Brooklyn food, drinks, and
entertainment.

For more info about the Brooklyn Half, click HERE
For more info about NYRR, click HERE

Transcript

No one said hello to the guy at the reception hall
How do you think he's going to feel today
Life goes on all around while the ocean has
No wish to see you now More you hold it high
More it'll never fall apart Whatever you were looking for
It's not here anymore Everything you know you read it on a
book.
Stop quoting people you never met before
You find yourself stuck again Who do you think will help you now
More you hold it high More it'll never fall apart
Whatever you were looking for It's not here anymore
In a strange kind of way Lifeless landscapes have so much to say
And it's hard to sleep tonight In my head, buildings are collapsing
And I feel shapeless and gone So close to nothing
Shapeless and gone Shapeless and gone
Shapeless and gone So good to know you are out there
So good to know you still care And the light seems more bright
Even the air feels like the first time And I feel shapeless and gone
So close to nothing Shapeless and gone
Shapeless and gone Shapeless and gone
And it's hard to sleep tonight
In my head, buildings are collapsing And I feel shapeless and gone
Shapeless and gone Shapeless and gone
Shapeless and gone Shapeless and gone
Shapeless and gone
Come straight and say what you gotta say Don't waste your breath over my tear
Tip of your tongue It's on the tip of your tongue
Is there something I can do to bring back your memory
I don't need words of comfort Just to make sure you know
Just to make sure you know
It's the tip of your tongue
Tip of your tongue
If you touch it right there, you can
feel it well On the tip of your tongue
It's on the tip of your tongue The tip of your tongue
On the tip of your tongue If you touch it right there you can feel
it well On the tip of your tongue
It's on the tip of your tongue
On the tip of your tongue
On the tip of your tongue If you touch it right there, you can
feel it well On the tip of your tongue
It's on the tip of your tongue On the tip of your tongue
On the tip of your tongue If you touch it right there, you can
feel it well On the tip of your tongue
It's on the tip of your tongue On the tip of your tongue
On the tip of your tongue If you touch it right there, you can feel
it well On the tip of your tongue
It's on the tip of your tongue
Concentrate Just repeat your name
Certain words can help Not to feel anything
What you are leaving Was meant to be left
Put your toes in the cold water Is it too deep for you
Why don't you just jump in
Disappear
And never come back Analyzing thunders
While they strike on you won't help Is it too deep for you
Is it too deep for you Is it too deep for you
Is it too deep for you Is it too deep for you
Is it too deep for you Is it too deep for you
Is it too
Take me to the river Bring anything you want
Bring peace of heaven Right through my hand
Right through my hand Soothe me with wonder
The way you look today I see you smile
But I don't know how I don't know how
This, the dream, I never wonder Every time you look at me
Bring me through Bring me hell
Bring me heaven Every once
Take me, wonder Every time you fell right
Take me through Bring me you
Bring me heaven Bring me through the river
Just to take anything you want Bring peace of heaven
Right through my hand Right through my hand
This, the dream, I never wonder Every time you look at me
Bring me through Bring me now
Bring heaven Every time I see you wonder
Every time you look at me Take me you
Take me hell Bring me heaven
Bring me heav
Bring me heaven
Bring me anything you want
Bring me half Bring me whole
Bring me something
I can show you were Duchamp lives Somewhere on Jupiter
I don't know why I'm shivering Talk to me
Your voice can bring back my memories Landscapes of madness
I wonder if you'll ever know How it feels to live without a second
chance
If this one doesn't work
Talk to me Talk to me
Talk to me Talk
Talk to me
Talk to me
Talk to me
Talk to me
Talk
Talk
Talk
Talk
Before you choose the right words Before you even start to explain
That was the last thing to do Tap dancing on the top-roof
Hanging pictures on the wall I've got something here for you
Maybe I've never mentioned to you It wasn't hard to run away from home
That's at least what I've shown to you
And I'm glad that you wanted to make it
clear You didn't mean to hurt anyone, I'm sure
No, you didn't mean to hurt anyone, I'm sure
Calling everybody that I loved the most
Telling secrets no one had to know
It wasn't me that stole some from you
I hope you are in a nice hotel
Playing cards in your room With someone who cares over you
- Well, thank you so much.
This is gonna be our last one.
Yeah.
Take me away, directionless It doesn't have to make any sense
Use what you have I'll follow you
Use what you have Just don't you worry now
Drifting in and out Drifting in and out
Choose what to be Just take a side
What if I don't want to step out in the light
Give it to others
Just let it go now
Give it to others
Don't you worry now
Drifting in and out
Drifting in and out
Drifting in and out
Drifting in and out
Don't you worry now
Drifting in and out
Drifting in and out
Drifting in and out
Drifting in and out
- Well, thanks so much.
Thank you.

Artist Bio

Strange Weekend is Porcelain Raft's debut record, yet in many ways it's his 156th.
Somewhere in New York, Rome, or maybe London, there is a suitcase full of tapes, minidiscs and CDs -- days and days worth of music, all of it the result of Mauro Remiddi's 27 years of travels across Europe -- from his native Italy to London; of caravaning with the Berlin Youth Circus playing traditional gypsy Klezmer music; of reinterpreting traditional music in North Korea; and of a stint playing piano for an Off Broadway tap dance show. At this point, Remiddi has lived three musicians' lifetimes.

Amazingly, Strange Weekend -- with deep roots in so many times and places -- is an album that beautifully captures the fleeting right now. Remiddi's interest in movement -- about capturing a momentary now en route to the next -- is apparent; postcards and polaroids of buildings and faces from the street flicker past. The project's genesis lies in this visual imagery. Over the past year, Remiddi has compiled a catalogue of images -- gathered from the various nooks and crannies of the internet -- that have served as notes, inspiration, context and a map for Porcelain Raft's music.

Remiddi's androgynous vapor of a voice weaves like a ghost between Nick Gilder and The Alessi Brothers, Julee Cruise and Judee Sill. In more contemporary terms, Porcelain Raft stands confidently on a high hill between the sounds of M83 and Beach House. Lead track "Drifting In and Out" is loping and anthemic; gauzy and chiming. "Shapeless and Gone" follows with a heavy strum reminiscent of "Cosmic Dancer" -- full of mood and style without all the wearying excesses and feathered boas. Porcelain Raft's thesis statement hits when side B kicks off with "Unless You Speak From Your Heart."

Remiddi's enigmatic vocals carrying a hook so simple that you might think you sang it first; keys and bass that might make the needle jump off of your turntable; and a sense of raw sincerity that has come to trademark Remiddi's songs is what ultimately resonates.

And here, the myriad travels crystallize into something visceral; you may not be able to see the visuals Remiddi holds so dear, but you can feel them throughout Strange Weekend, and they stay with you as you travel on. Strange Weekend might have been made in a small place (a Brooklyn basement, in fact), but it is huge dream-pop, with melodies and synths billowing out in all directions.

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