There is something about this summer that perfectly suits the bittersweet musical landscape that is surrounding it. Recently Manchester has played host to a fantastic array of truly unique, production based, electronic-fused, sample lead bands. Another to grab our attention with their fibre-optic fingers is Active Child.
According to the Gospel of St Wiki, Active Child is the working name of electronic music artist Pat Grossi. Hailing from Los Angeles Grossi was a child choirist and the music he makes is heavily inspired by this experience. His music lies somewhere between Tears For Fears and Hurts, all be it more elegantly laid back.
His sound is really quite wide ranging and has lead to him providing support for acts such as James Blake, White Lies and even M83, who he toured with late last year.
It has the atmosphere of a spiritual retreat, without any of the dodgy, untrustworthy elements; less beards and brown sandals (though he does on occasion sport a beard), more 5am sunrise induced euphoria peppered with the icy chill of a light and constant rainfall.
Following the release of to well received EPs, Sun Rooms and Curtis Lane, Active Child has released his debut album You Are All I See, in November 2011. According to the Active Child website: ‘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.”’