|Mauro Remiddi (Photo by Shawn Brackbill)|
Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft has released a new song, "Think of the Ocean," ahead of his next album called Permanent Signal (out August 20 via Secretly Canadian). The title refers to a phone line that loses its connection for a long time -- the feeling Remiddi while on tour away from family and friends. I caught him doing a solo set at this year's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, where he did seem pleased to be stopped in the lobby to order to have a friendly chat with someone about his music.
"Think of the Ocean" is the opening track for the album, a spare song of pulsating beats and Remiddi's own intertwining vocals. The video shows a wavering shot looking over a woman's shoulder as she looks at a black slate, simple yet striking visuals that allows the focus to be on the music. After 2012's Strange Weekend (which caught my ear instantly with "Unless You Speak From Your Heart," a New Music Matters Top 20 Songs of the year), Remiddi sold off all his instruments in order to create, in his words, "a new color palette." He also enlisted Jonny Rogoff (of Yuck) on drums, Darcy Cicci (of The Antlers) on bass and Gaspar Claus on cello (a collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and The National). Check out the video and the track list for Permanent Signal below.
1. Think Of The Ocean
3. Minor Pleasure4. Open Letter
5. Night Birds
6. It Ain’t Over
7. I Lost Connection
9.The Way Out
10. Five Minutes From Now