Photo by Jennifer Medina

Call it the longest pre-meditation period for any debut album, ever. After 27 years of travel in Europe, Asia and North America and stints playing for German circuses and Off-Broadway tap shows, Mauro Remiddi—better known as Porcelain Raft—is preparing to release his debut album, Strange Weekend, out January 24 on Secretly Canadian.
The 10-track LP, cut in an intimate Brooklyn basement, showcases Remiddi’s floaty, ethereal falsetto, cushioned by lush acoustic instrumentation and bubbling synths. New track “Put Me To Sleep” is a perfect fall chill-out tune: all snappy snares, echoing strings and that terrific, honey-dipped falsetto. The song is currently being offered as a free download on Porcelain Raft’s Facebook page in anticipation of Strange Weekend‘s release.
Fans of hook-laden downtempo will definitely want to keep an eye on Remiddi and his globally minded strain of synth-pop, honed after years on the road—with more to come: Remiddi will be setting out with M83 in Europe this winter. Tour dates are listed below, as is the stream of “Put Me To Sleep.”
Put Me To Sleep by Porcelain Raft
Tour Dates For Porcelain Raft:
01/17 – Bristol, UK – Trinity
01/18 – Manchester, UK – Ritz
01/19 – Glasgow, UK – Arches
01/20 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit
01/21 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
01/22 – Brighton, UK – Concorde
02/16 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
02/23 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega
02/24 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller
02/25 – Stockholm, SE – Berns
02/27 – Helsinki, FI – Tavastia
02/29 – Malmo, SE – KB
03/05 – Munich, DE – Hansa
03/06 – Milan, IT – Magazini Generali
03/09 – Barcelona, SP – Bikini
03/10 – Madrid, SP – Shoko
03/11 – Porto, PT – Hard Club
03/12 – Lisbon, PT – Lux