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- Jun 7, 2011 9:06 PM First single "Playing House (feat How to Dress Well) is now streaming!!
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- Aug 16, 2010 8:13 PM NPR Song of the Day!
- Jul 26, 2010 4:44 PM Free Download! Classixx Remix of "When Your Love Is Safe"
Nothing quite prepares you for the leap that Pat has taken with his debut album, You Are All I See, out on August 23rd via Vagrant records. Recently, he has expanded his sonic ambitions and turned the studio into an instrument for a record that sounds cosmically huge and yet intimate all the same.
Of the album title, Pat himself says, “You Are All I See is an attempt to build a bridge between the listener and I, in that, I wrote these songs for you as much as I did for me. And right now when you are listening to my voice, by yourself, it really is just you and I.” In attempting to craft songs that meant something not only to himself but that could be meaningful to others as well, he found himself working with some universally human and fragile themes. “The songs focus primarily on the joy and heartbreak of relationships, love lost and rediscovered, battles with monogamy, battles with identity,” Pat says. “It came out much darker than I had intended, but sometimes you only have so much control.”
The grand, cinematic scope of Pat’s artistic vision is apparent on You Are All I See, which owes as much to his wide array of influences as it does to Pat’s own knack for employing these influences in fresh, forward-thinking ways. With triumphant synths and shimmering, contrapuntal harp lines, songs like the title track and “Hanging On” are reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Motion Picture Soundtrack,” but improve upon that template with layered vocals not far removed from Bon Iver or even James Blake, who Active Child recently opened for on tour. “High Priestess” and “See Thru Eyes” are stunning forays into electronic music territory, littered with samples, drum machines, and keyboards that propel the songs forward while simultaneously seeming weightless and suspended. It is in this tension that You Are All I See lives, breathes, and thrives so magnificently. The album is indebted to the sounds of the 1980s, from New Order’s drums-and-synths to danceable hip-hop beats, and it’s all topped off with soaring r&b melodies. The album’s first single, “Playing House,” features guest vocals from Tom Krell, the crooner of lo-fi r&b project How To Dress Well. Pitchfork Media recently premiered the track, noting “Active Child’s sound now seems positively ahead of its time.”
Reflecting on the album’s finished product, Pat says “I think more than anything, I see this debut release as a bridge towards something bigger and truer. Something I can look back on and think, ‘damn, you really did it’.” When you finally hear You Are All I See you’ll think the very same thing.
Genre: Gospel / Indie
Location Los Angeles, Un
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Member Since 4/29/2009
Record Label Vagrant Records
Type of Label Indie
BioLos Angeles based Active Child is pleased to announce a run of tour dates this Sunday May 8 in Washington D.C. The seven dates will find Active Child supporting U.K. electronic musician James Blake. The tour includes a stop at Chicago's Lincoln Hall and New York's Bowery Ballroom. A complete list of tour dates can be found below. This tour precedes the release of Active Child's debut album, which will arrive on August 23, 2011, via Vagrant Records. The album does not yet have a title. More information upcoming.. Active Child is the musical project from choirboy-turned-indie pop musician Pat Grossi. His debut collection of songs featured the skilled use of various 80s-tinged synths to create ethereal, soaring soundscapes, punctuated by crisp electronic drum samples and handclaps. All of this lays the groundwork for Grossi's exquisite vocals, which, with their unearthly sound and evocative lyrics, take on an enchanting, hymnal quality that would not be out of place amongst the richly colored sunlight of a church's stained-glass interior.. Pitchfork Media reviewed Active Child track "Wilderness," giving it a rating of 8/10 and comparing Grossi's "trembling falsetto" to that of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons. The review went on to say that ACTIVE CHILD's mixed-genre work "is a good example of the positive results to be yielded from a musician straddling two disparate styles" and "pulls from different directions but still manages to aim forward.".