Over the course of two albums in four years, and an armful of EPs and singles, Mauro Remiddi has crafted a celestial body of work that drifts in and out of dream states.
Under the name Porcelain Raft, he has been a slippery artist to pin down, perhaps by design. You might think he’s an electronic pop musician adept at sound collages, which he is, but he’s also a singer and songwriter who has trained a gimlet eye on his place in the world.
Microclimate, his latest release, reveals Remiddi at the peak of his songwriting prowess.
We last heard from Italian born singer-songwriter Porcelain Raft over the summer of 2015 when he gave us the Half Awake EP, it was the first release for Mauro Remiddi, the project’s mastermind in almost 2 years. The EP was a welcome return and showed an artist continuing to push not only his own boundaries but explore the realms of dreamy, hazy, synth based pop. Half Awake was a release for fans to dig their teeth into especially for those who fell for his debut LP Strange Weekend and now he has returned with his third full length Microclimate, his biggest sounding and most expansive collection of songs to date.
Driven by a thrashing, fixated beat and palm-muted punk guitar riffs, GIUNGLA’s latest “Wrong” is a forceful, foreboding track which finds the Italian singer-songwriter admonishing a self-described know-it-all, judgmental individual in her life, as she repeats “why do I even bother? Why do I even love her?” And as the chaotic instrumentals pulse the tune to its stark close, her message of discontentedness cuts through unmistakably, as she laments “even you, even you, even you, sometimes you’re wrong.”
Italian enigma GIUNGLA returns with the gripping new single Forest, a gritty electro-pop gem with mechanical production à la Grimes fused with a punk rock friendly melody echoing Peaches, as she slurs “I just don’t know what I saw / I just don’t want to know what I saw.” Led by a warped, punchy beat and punctured by antagonistic guitar, the murky sonics slither like a night jaunt down a winding, wood-covered road. But it’s the eerie, otherworldly synth line that drives the song all the way into the depths, as she slurs “Every time I get lost, come and save me / I close my eyes so many things, over and over.”
GIUNGLA is Emanuela Drei, Italian-born singer-songwriter based in Bologna. Giungla in Italian means ‘jungle’. As a metaphor, this word often refers to situations that are chaotic, evokes confusion, and is deeply connected to the idea of survival, especially in the modern world. But at the same time it refers to a rich environment with many and varied forms of life. In this sort of tangled-happy-place, where there’s no room for reason and control, minimal pop songs with an in your face attitude have come alive. Imagine them discovered this way, as if they were torn and shredded into a million pieces.