Permanent Signal - SECRETLY CANADIAN
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Loren Auda Poin on August 29, 2013
Permanent Signal, the new record from Mauro Remiddi (aka Porcelain Raft), is a thing of utter beauty. The songs often consist of the normal elements: drums, guitar, sampled noise and sounds, vocals, piano. But these compositions are so much more than dreary, run-of-the-mill post-rock specifications—each one is ornate, like a sculpture of varnished wood and brass. In fact, the polished sheen on each track dulls any inquisition into what (or who) is behind this music. That said, there is an undeniable human brilliance at the album’s core, and the tension of those aspects makes it an irresistible listen. Remiddi’s songs are lonely, simulating the feeling of floating through deep space, one’s homeworld receding slowly into the ever-broadening field of stars. But on all these songs, particularly the gorgeous “Night Birds,” we are lucky enough to witness sonic supernovae, and to wish our friends back home could hear them, too.