In this EP, the falsetto voice of Patrick James Grossi aka Active Child mixes with synths in a great way. Grossi said once he drawn to more to pop electronic stuff– new-wave synth-drums and pads and leads and that classic pop. Also, he wanted to do a combination of electronic and choral music.
In Rapor, we could say that he gets what he wanted: an excellent combination between choral-electronic-pop music. “She Cut Me” open the EP and maybe it’s the most innovative song of the album. By the other hand in “Subtle” (ft. Mikky Ekko) there are a pop influence, even sometimes one can think in Michael Jackson while in “Feeling is Gone”, the use of synths is great.
In contrast, in “Silhouette” appears a more melancholic song, deeper and evocative, with the Ellie Goulding voice creating some intense textures. Also, in “Calling in the Name of Love”, is more intimate. Finally “Evening Ceremony” is more deeper, and a good song to close the EP. Even all the songs make reference to pasts love, the tone of the songs is not sad.
In a very young age, Grossi began touring with the Philly Boys Choir in Europe, South Africa and Australia, performing at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and singing with a choir in South Africa. In contrast, his father worked for Priority Records, the rap label. So, since young, he was in contact with this two branches of music. Even he said in one interview that maybe he’ll “start a rap career after Active Child is over”.
When asked about where the name of his project comes from, he said in an interview with Pitchfork: “My mom always told this funny story about how, when I was a kid, I used to always sit with my ear to the speaker. My mom’s sister gave her this really serious look and was like, “I have to tell you something. I think Patrick’s deaf. I don’t think he can hear anything.” I would just sit there with my ear to the speaker all day, and that story comes to mind when people ask me about it”.
The most innovative part of this EP and mostly by Active Child is the contrast of styles and the combination between apparently different sounds. The result is very interesting. Also Active Child has got what ERA (the New-Age music project by the French composer Eric Lévi) in his time tried to get in some songs as “Looking for something”, “Don’t Go Away” and “Mother”: the perfect synchrony of pop and classic chorus, the perfect synchrony of past and the future.
You can listen our favorites in this links:
Feeling is Gone: https://open.spotify.com/track/2kOfObeNNMM4m0rWA9sS3S