In an “open letter to minimalism” on his website, Italian-born singer/songwriter Mauro Remiddi writes “I’m not just against you as a concept, I’m running towards your opposite.” Remiddi has been hard at work for over a decade, scoring soundtracks and perfecting indie-pop with his band Sunny Days Set Fire, but earlier this year he released Strange Weekend, the debut album from his solo project Porcelain Raft. Remiddi brought Porcelain Raft with him to close out KEXP’s live broadcasts from Barboza for the Capitol Hill Block Party.
With Porcelain Raft, Remiddi has replaced sparkling guitars with swirling synths to create dream-like bedroom shoegaze with enough atmosphere to make any listener feel like they’re floating through their own hazy summer romance film. Remiddi’s soft vocals only add to the cinematic experience, nestling themselves within the heavily textured soundscape without overwhelming his artfully-crafted melodies. We’re not exactly sure what Remiddi means by the opposite of minimalism, but we certainly enjoy his beautiful pursuit of it.
Porcelain Raft’s brief set featured a pair of quiet introspective songs between a couple more upbeat ones, holding the audience rapt at all times. His contemplative tunes were a good way to wind down and wrap up Sunday afternoon at the Block Party.
Porcelain Raft plays on the Neumos Stage at 9 pm.