Active Child - You Are All I See
- Nicola Meighan
- 20 October 2011
A lovely and welcoming debut of choral shimmers and electro pulses
Linda Ronstadt; Jon and Vangelis; the Chariots of Fire soundtrack – all this and we’re less than a minute in to Active Child’s debut album (and title track) ‘You Are All I See’.
The electro-dreamy conduit of bygone choirboy Patrick Grossi, Active Child’s aural vocabulary is colonised by familiar pop culture: it conjures Bon Iver, R Kelly and Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ (on ‘Hanging On’); and Antony and the Johnsons and Sigur Ros (on ‘High Priestess’). Recent single ‘Playing House’, meanwhile, highlights Grossi’s ethereal R&B chops and features vocals from How To Dress Well.
There’s little variety in tempo or tone, but these choral shimmers and electro pulses make for a lovely, and welcoming, debut from an LA nightingale worth watching.