Artist: Porcelain Raft
Title: “Strange Weekend”
On “Strange Weekend,” the first full-length effort for Italian-born London resident Mauro Remiddi under the name Porcelain Raft, listeners get a collection of pleasant dream pop.
Oohs, coos and ahhs form the bed on which Remiddi’s music unfolds, a chillwave fantasy with its feet firmly planted in reality.
Therein lies the problem. Remiddi never shows the lack of restraint to make these songs memorable even for their quirkiness. They float by like a calm stream, flowing past the listener with nothing holding in place.
Strands of songs recall Beach House’s 2010 effort “Teen Dream,” but the difference here is the vocals are not as moody or memorable as Victoria Legrand.
“Strange Weekend” makes for pleasant background music when the party is winding down. There’s nothing wrong with it, but repeated listens don’t reveal anything that wasn’t apparent the first time.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.