I'm a sucker for music that takes electronic elements and bends them in a way that is just a little bit new. Do you remember my
He uses electronic influences in his work, but yet his smooth voice has subtle brittleness to it that sets his music apart. I am also a sucker for music that imparts a "I'm broken, and need of your love to fix me" feeling. This is one of the reasons I fell so hard for
Active Child is the stage and performing name of Pat Grossi, a singer-songwriter who grew up singing in a children's choir. His voice, a near falsetto, or perhaps castrato, in many instances is layered over harp, which he plays live at his shows. If incorporating live harp into his performances alone doesn't set him apart, I don't know what else would. In 2012,
which was included on her second album
, and brought Grossi's music more fans. In 2014,
r was also featured in the book-turned-movie
I had the pleasure of seeing him perform live in May of 2012 at
. It was an experience, just like I had hoped it would be. Grossi's voice, the dark grunge of that venue, and the perfectly designed little light show that accompanied it. I understand that not everyone will like Grossi's voice, but I think it's for all of us who have a little something broken hiding inside. That little secret pain that takes a choirboy and a harp to soothe. His lyrics feel oh so right for certain instances in my life, as well:
for healing after a heartbreak,
for dealing with a lackluster situation in love, and
for those times when you know if you were just a little different, something might have worked out. But you should never change yourself in order to make something work.
Let me know what you think! Is Grossi's voice too weird for you, or are you intrigued?