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Active Child – “1999” Video

1999” is the impossibly delicate, nostalgic lead single off Active Child’s new album, Mercy. It sets the tone for a shimmering, shy record that’s got one foot in the past and one finger on the pulse of the future. Pat Gross also shared “Mercy” and “Never Far Away” prior to the album’s release earlier thi… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 30, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Active Child – “Stranger” (Stereogum Premiere)

Active Child’s first single off his new album Mercy is the fragile “1999.” Accordingly it deals in memory, nostalgia and all the sweet pain that accompanies growing up. His next, “Stranger,” occupies a completely different realm from “1999” or the slinky, soulful “Never Far Away.” It bears all of Pat Grossi’s fingerprints — pillowy synths,… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 18, 2015 - 10:37 am

Active Child – “Never Far Away”

Active Child — the recording project of electronic musician Pat Grossi — took a nice, long break in between the release of his 2011 debut and its followup. In that time, he put out one new EP and mostly stuck to behind-the-scenes work. Grossi’s back later this year, though, with a new album called Mercy. More »

By: James Rettig / March 31, 2015 - 6:45 pm

Active Child – “1999”

The last time Pat Grossi put out a full album — 2011 — electronic-tinged alt-R&B wasn’t the pervasive force it is in 2015. The landscape has changed, and imitators of the form that Active Child helped initiate abound. It’s to the point where I almost forgot that this combination of porcelain falsetto, slow grooves, and… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 11, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Active Child – “Takes Me Back (Until The End Of Time)”

Last month, indie falsetto traveler Active Child attempted to go kinda-pop on his Rapor EP, and it wasn’t his best work. Today, after messing around in Ableton and going on a bit of a nostalgia trip, Active Child has used the instrumental from “Until The End Of Time,” the posthumous 2Pac song that samples Mr. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Stream Active Child Rapor EP

Active Child, the expansive art-pop project run by the falsetto-crooning former choirboy Pat Grossi, started out making experimental float-pop and has since moved closer and closer to the furthest-out realms of mainstream music. On his new Rapor EP, Grossi links up with Ellie Goulding for the new song “Silhouette,” and we’ve already posted “Subtle,” hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2013 - 10:53 am

Active Child – “Subtle” (Feat. Mikky Ekko)

Pat Grossi, better known as Active Child, posted on Facebook last week that no one would be able to guess the guest feature on his single for the upcoming Rapor EP, “Subtle.” It turns out that the guest feature he was referring to is Mikky Ekko, best known for his contributions to Rihanna’s “Stay.” Grossi’… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Active Child – “She Cut Me”

One of the greatest strengths of Active Child, the art-pop project of L.A.’s Pat Grossi, has always been Grossi’s angelic choirboy falsetto. So it’s a bit of a surprise to hear a new Active Child song with no words, one where the wordless vocals are almost an afterthought. But Active Child has a new EP… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 12, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2013

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Active Child – “Evening Ceremony”

On the soundtrack of The Host — the new Stephanie Meyer magical-teen-romance adaptation, and sadly not the amazing 2006 South Korean monster movie — L.A.’s Active Child has contributed one of his gorgeous swooping slo-mo harp-and-falsetto elegies. It’s called “Evening Ceremony,” and it’s a deeply pretty four and a half minutes. Listen below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2013 - 10:37 am

Active Child – “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”

The Los Angeles indie-pop falsetto-wailer Active Child has started off his 2013 in what I’d have to call the right way: By giving us a heart-stoppingly gorgeous new song, a version of the traditional gospel song “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” The Active Child version is spare and fragile, with a hushed multitracked coo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2013 - 11:32 am

Active Child – “Hanging On” Video

Hanging On,” the new video from Californian bedroom-pop singer/producer Active Child, follows two guys fishing in the woods. At the end (spoiler alert), one either dies or loses a hat; I’m not altogether sure which. Pier Pictures direct, filming the wilderness locations beautifully. Watch it and download the track below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 19, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Active Child – “High Priestess (CFCF Remix)”

Montreal’s Michael Silver — a prolific producer and DJ under his CFCF alias — reimagines Active Child in this remix of You Are All I See album cut “High Priestess.” Grab the MP3 after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 3, 2012 - 5:19 pm

M83, Active Child @ Music Box, Hollywood 11/9/11

The hottest ticket in Los Angeles last night was M83’s super sold out show at the Music Box in support of their double album opus Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. It was an evening full of soaring synthesizers, gauzy guitars and guest appearances by Zola Jesus on “Intro” and producer/Beck bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen on guitar for… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / November 10, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Stereogum Exclusive: Watch Active Child’s W Hotels Suite Session & Comment To Win A Flyaway To See DOM In DC!

Stereogum has partnered with W Hotels to deliver a series of intimate concert performances from some of our favorite artists. First up is one of Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010, Active Child, who played an exclusive session for us at the W San Francisco. Over the summer Active Child released the delicately woozy… More »

By: Stereogum / October 25, 2011 - 11:22 am

CMJ 2011: Class Superlatives & Our Finest Photos

We’re on the other side of CMJ now, which you could probably tell by the uptick in the music news cycle, or by some bloggers’ (could be any bloggers, no way to know who I am talking about) bleary eyes and corresponding level of risibility. Stereogum threw a couple of parties early on, then shifted… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 24, 2011 - 6:19 pm

Active Child – “Diamond Heart” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’ve been all over Pat Grossi’s captivating Active Child project thanks to tracks like “Hangin On” and “Voice Of An Old Friend.” His solid debut, You Are All I See, is set to be re-released with bonus tracks in early November. Stream one of those tracks, “Diamond Heart,” now. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 24, 2011 - 4:55 pm

Active Child – “Playing House” Video (Feat. How To Dress Well)

Earlier in the summer, we posted “Playing House,” a sort of summit meeting of forlorn bedroom-indie falsetto addicts Active Child and How To Dress Well. That track now has a video, and whether it’s intended or not, the thing comes off as being very, very silly. It’s full of cheesed-out smoke effects and quivering tear-lined… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 13, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Active Child – “Hangin On”

Following up on Active Child’s blog-star collabo with How To Dress Well, “Playing House,” there’s a second single available from Pat Grossi’s forthcoming full length via Adult Swim KIA singles series. “Hangin On” is another chilly serving from the Active Child project, slightly crisper than “Playing House”‘s rhythm & wooze with interweaving synth and har… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 6, 2011 - 10:27 am

Active Child – “Playing House” (Feat. How To Dress Well)

Keeper of an especially frozen falsetto Pat Grossi, aka L.A.’s Active Child, is releasing his debut album You Are All I See on Vagrant at the end of the summer. The 10-song collection was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid. Here’s one of those songs, “Playing House,” which features the guest vocals of fellow Stereogum Class OfMore »

By: brandon / June 9, 2011 - 10:45 am
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