Porcelaintoy seem to have flown under the radar despite having an album, "Contrite Elegant Rebel", which was one of the best-received albums of 2011, with the Sunday Star Times reviewer naming it as a candidate for New Zealand album of the year. I tend to agree. The video in today's post is brilliant, with a flawless integration of band footage into a 1930s horror flick. But unfortunately, I don't think this is the strongest song on the album. What brought me to Porcelaintoy was the music in the promo (on YouTube) for the band's multi-media stage show at Wellington's Bats Theatre. I wish I had seen it. I loved the music in the promo and tracked down the album on Bandcamp - and bought it (that old benchmark). I think this album is superb, and "Monsters", even though it is not a favourite, fits well into it's fabric. And "fabric" is the right word. It is a beautifully constructed album. If there were one quibble, it needs a re-master with the low-end a little lost in action. But make no mistake, this band is a real find. They almost seem lost in New Zealand's local artistic landscape. Porcelaintoy has substantial international potential and with the right management, and time spent offshore, might well break internationally in a big way. They have the complete package. A word of advice if they are reading this, take down the rougher video material. I can hear the quality of the songs (they're great!), but your market (probably offshore A&R in reality) may not be able to see through the rough production values.
Porcelaintoy - Monsters