You Are All I See CD (2011)

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Label Vagrant Records/fontana
SKU 223014832
UPC 601091068124
UPC 14 00601091068124
Format CD
Release Date 8/23/2011
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Author Active Child
Associated Artist/Work School of Seven Bells
Artist Influence James Blake (Dubstep)
Artist Influence New Order (UK)
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Artist Contemporary FKA twigs
Artist Contemporary Gauntlet Hair
Artist Contemporary How to Dress Well
Artist Contemporary Kisses
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Artist Contemporary Suckers
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Artist Contemporary The Chain Gang of 1974
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Technical Info
Engineer Patrick James Grossi; Ariel Rechtshaid
Producer Ariel Rechtshaid
CatalogID VR681
Lable Name Universal Music Canada
Released 08/23/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00601091068124
Musical Guests
How to Dress Well
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Dave Shiffman.
Recording information: Slow Death Studios, Echo Park, CA; Sun Rooms Studios, Pasadena, CA; Sunset Lodge Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Thanks to both a strong initial EP in Curtis Lane and equally remarkable live appearances, expectations for Active Child's debut album were quite high. What's really remarkable is how well You Are All I See not only matches but almost exceeds those expectations: its a full-length statement of purpose that manages the trick of both identifying an aesthetic and exploring variations within it. Pat Grossi's remarkable singing voice remains the understandable centerpiece, a sweet, simply gorgeous falsetto that begs comparisons to more contemporary acts like Antony and the Johnsons and Bon Iver, but more accurately calls to mind the pristine singing of Morten Harket of a-ha. Yet even Harket's work never quite had the sheer, clean beauty of Grossi's, evident right from the start with the title track kicking in with a now trademark collage of synth-as-harp strings and rhythm before the vocals send everything over the moon. What's also notable is how the music, like the singing, recalls but does not aspire to clone a presumed golden age of '80s synth pop; for all the potential similarities, there's a distinct, unique feeling on songs like "Ancient Eye" and its slow bass snarl set against massed choruses, or the deep pulses and plucked delicacy on "Hanging On." Yet in ways, it almost all comes back to the voice, set in arrangements like a gem in a necklace. When he pushes and tests the boundaries of that voice, the results are even more remarkable; while the collaboration with How to Dress Well on "Playing House" is lovely, hearing a sudden, yearning growl at one point is a real keeper. The uneasy concluding number, "Johnny Belinda," is equally remarkable given Grossi's almost slow, sighing search for something more, while the direct lyrical sentiments about accelerated love on "Way Too Fast" hit a high point when he not only reintroduces layered vocals, but distorts them, a surprising, disturbing moment of high drama. 2011 is a year for strong albums in general, and You Are All I See deserves to be ranked among the best. ~ Ned Raggett
Artist Overview
Active Child is the electronic-meets-choral project of musician Pat Grossi. Growing up in New Jersey, Grossi sang with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and was influenced by the rhythms of `80s alternative dance bands like New Order. Combining these elements with his otherworldly falsetto, live harp, and evocative lyrics, Active Child was born. The project debuted in 2010 with an EP, Curtis Lane. These soaring soundscapes caught the ears of bliss popsters School of Seven Bells, who later toured alongside Active Child; they remixed each other's songs for a split 7". Active Child's first full-length recording, You Are All I See, followed in 2011. ~ Chrysta Cherrie
Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Los Angeles-based musician creates a mood of icy drama, the harps, synths and ecclesiastical vocals of 'Way Too Fast' and 'Ancient Eye' tracing mysterious patterns in the electro-frost."
Uncut (magazine) (p.81) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "YOU ARE ALL I SEE turns out to be one of the year's boldest, most beautiful debuts."
Disc 1
1 You Are All I See
2 Hanging On
3 Playing House
4 See Thru Eyes
5 High Priestess
6 Ivy
7 Way Too Fast
8 Ancient Eye
9 Shield & Sword
10 Johnny Belinda
Product Attributes
Artist Active Child
Music Format Compact Disc

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