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One of the best things about the music scene in San Francisco is whether or not locals think the scene is dead, the city (and the Bay Area in general) is cemented as a top destination for worldwide acts.

For Porcelain Raft and UK indie rock phenoms Wild Beasts, it is a must hit on their brief, 10-date North American tour. Three California shows kick the tour off, with the finale taking the two acts to The Independent on Sunday, November 6.

Porcelain Raft is the current stage name of Italian artist Mauro Remiddi. Remiddi cut his teeth in music early in life on his grandmother's piano producing homemade radio programs on a tape recorder and began traveling Europe at age 20. A troubadour in the most honest sense of the word, he joined a circus, performed in troupes, provided engineering services and even served as the piano player in hotel lobbies before settling briefly in London, then relocating to NYC in 2000.

The Porcelain Raft project started 10 years later with a series of low-key releases on Bandcamp and saw Remiddi being selected for high-level parties and rising star reviews from several publications. In 2012, Porcelain Raft's debut LP Strange Weekend, a record wholly inspired by his new experiences in New York, was released. The track "Unless You Speak From Your Heart" was named Pitchfork's Best New Track for February 2012, championing the album's overall DIY vibe without sacrificing quality.

The next year in June saw the most recent full-length from Porcelain Raft with Permanent Signal. Aside from a brief EP, Half Awake, that saw the light of day in the summer of 2015, Remiddi's project has been largely MIA and out of conversation, until this tour was announced promising fans the first listen to tracks from his third release.

Yesterday morning, Porcelain Raft announced that his third album will be titled Microclimate and will be released to the public on February 3, including a colored vinyl pressing limited to 250 copies. The first glimpse of that album, a dreamy tune called "Distant Shore" that bridges charmed synths and eager melodies can be found below.

This is a show that will not always be around to catch, so if you decide to make it part of your Sunday evening, plan plenty of time to arrive (and stay) for both acts. Porcelain Raft opens.

Porcelain Raft, Wild Beasts
The Independent
November 6, 2016
8pm, $20 (21+)

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