Born in Italy, Mauro Remiddi has spent a long time on the road.
Settling in New York, this sense of dis-location, of being part of a place but divorced from it, ripples through his music. Choosing the name Porcelain Raft to cover his exquisite brand of dream pop, the composer released his debut album 'Strange Weekend' back in 2012.
Draped in the hallucinogenic colours of his unconscious, follow up effort 'Permanent Signal' is more defined, more self-assured. Out now, Porcelain Raft is set to play a show at London venue Cargo tonight (October 24th) and to celebrate Clash is able to present a very special instalment of Their Library.
Opening up his bookshelf for inspection, Maura Remiddi has also unveiled a special live clip featuring Porcelain Raft breezing through 'Cluster'. Watch it below, then check out the Q&A after the jump.
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What is your favourite book and why?
Probably 'Spices Of Spaces' by George Perec. It's a book that invites you to notice the little daily things. Like how many doors we open everyday. An account of reality, a micro cosmos of the ordinary.
What other authors do you like?
For a long time I was into Philip K. Dick. I probably read all his books. I like how his characters are all paranoid and that paranoia is the reason why they will be trapped eventually but also is the thing that will make them very intuitive, as if in Dick's sees paranoia as a quality and I love that.
What draws you to certain books?
Have you ever discovered a real lost classic? What is it and why?
To me lost classic don't really exist: everything is under a spotlight these days, nothing get lost, it's all in front of us and that makes things less exciting for sure. I was very impressed by 'Frankenstein'. People are familiar with the story and lots of movies were made about it but the book is taken so much for granted and it's a true masterpiece.
Do your literary influences have a direct impact on your songwriting?
For sure. The more you read the more your vocabulary grows. Also a book can show you a new prospective, how to see differently something that was always in front of eyes.
What are you reading at the moment?
A book written by Alejandro Jodorowsky about his early life as an artist and director. I love that man. His movies are true paintings full of magic.
What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
I tried to read 'Moby Dick' but it was too much for me so I would leave it for months than I would read a page and left it there untouched for more months. I'm still having that book and reading a page every now and than.
Did you make good use of your library card as a child / teenager?
....I hope so!
Have you ever found a book that you simply couldn’t finish?
Many, my bookshelf is full of books left unfinished but as I said I would randomly pick one of those and read a bit more. 'Infinite Jest' by David Foster Wallace is one of those.
Do you read book reviews?
Never! As I said, I pick books by their cover - it's the best way.
Would you ever re-read the same book?
I never done it actually but I know that some friends of mine did and told me how gratifying that is.
Have you ever identified with a character in a book? Which one and why?
Ishmael in 'Moby Dick'. Why, I couldn't say - I don't like to analyse myself too much or see myself in everything I like.
Do you read one book at a time or more than one?
More than one and its driving me crazy.
Is there an author / poet you would like to collaborate with?
For sure I'd like to collaborate with a poet more than a novelist. Where are the poets? Where are you beautiful people come out and play!
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'Permanent Signal' is out now via Secretly Canadian.
The latest issue of Clash Magazine is available to purchase online - click HERE for details.