riyl: active child

Let us all rejoice now that singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Pat Grossi, better known as Active Child, has returned! It’s been a very, very long time since we last heard from the California based artist. Active Child re-emerges with a poignant ballad named Cruel World, inspired by recent tragic events in Manchester. It’s a beautifully mournful orchestral number, of which Grossi says: 

honestly struggling today. this latest one broke me 😞and i’m having trouble finding the words… but, let me wrap my arms around you . this new one is up now and i’m working on a full length for the fall but i want to give you more. i want to release more music and feel freer, so that is what i plan to do . self released under my own label ‘sun rooms recordings’ . i wrote this with the pain of the current state of affairs on my mind but with sincere hope in my heart . let’s all create more / perform more / love equally / worry less . and always, keep our heads up 👊🏻

Expressive strings and Active Child’s wispy falsettos caress our aching hearts in the sorrowful wake of this past week’s events. We’re in dire need of such comfort and assurance, and we’re grateful Active Child has provided some much needed respite. 

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1999 by Active Child from Mercy (2015)

I think about you all the time
Wonder if when you think of me you smile
Because from the moment we met it was out of our hands
I know

So the story goes
Man and a woman linger alone

Thinking that you’re all that
Unaware of this life that we’re living
Thinking that you’re all that
Unaware of with this life that we’re living

Tell me, do you know?
When I’m looking out, rip through soul
Looking out, rip through soul
Sit back and let the days unwind
Somewhere between now and 1999
And back in that time I was only a boy
Soon a man, jumping free
Now it’s gone

So the story goes
Makes you want to lay down
With the one that you love

Thinking that you’re all that
Unaware of this life that we’re living
Thinking that you’re all that
Unaware of with this life that we’re living

I totally missed Active Child’s last album when it came out two years ago this week but I just got it. I love! this imagery. The whole CD booklet is great. The music is really different from the stuff I know/was into so I’m not sure yet. It’s mostly warmer fuller and dancier. It’s less cold angels in a cathedral and more church is a lonely bedroom. It’s growing on me.