Porcelain Raft – Unless You Speak From Your Heart

January 13, 2012

With all the speaker-box bombast of a good MIA song, and all the genuine emotional and sonic tropes of Grizzly Bear at their catchiest, Porcelain Raft synthesizes a sound that is simultaneously epic and accessible. It’s Mauro Remiddi’s brilliant low-fi production, which somehow feels completely organic rather than a simple stylistic choice. The opening keyboard riff has all the muffled punch and grime of Fat Lip’s famous famous melody, while Remiddi’s vocals feel like a roughly amplified whisper. In short, “Unless You Speak From The Heart” is symphonious in its ambition and complexity, but it has a cheapness (in the best of ways) that makes it feel entirely human. Strange Weekend is due out January 24th and, if this track is any indication, it could be an American coming-out party of sorts for Porcelain Raft.

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