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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 08/19/2011

Album review: Active Child, “You Are All I See”

Active Child’s Pat Grossi has made an engrossing and richly textured album. (Photo by Ricky Chapman)
Active Child is the one-man project of Los Angeles-based laptop musician Pat Grossi, who layers influences and sounds like a ladder to the heavens or, more accurately, like a New Age Bon Iver.

Grossi’s full-length debut draws from everything and everywhere: It sounds like James Blake made a record with a choir full of chanting, synthesizer-wielding Tibetan monks and then everyone went to the chill-out tent to hang out with Beyonce.

Beautiful and richly textured and ghostly, both sacred and clubby, it’s its own genre: electro-spa. If you don’t like harp music, you might as well stop reading. It boasts one giant slayer of a song (“Playing House,” a collaboration with Tom Krell of How to Dress Well) and a host of like-minded ones, all calibrated for maximum drama, not accessibility. For all the obvious care and craft that went into it, this is music made to be admired, not loved.

By Allison Stewart  |  10:59 AM ET, 08/19/2011

Categories:  Album reviews, Album reviews | Tags:  Active Child

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