Los Angeles-based Active Child is pleased to announce a run of tour dates kicking off this Sunday May 8 in Washington D.C. The dates will find Active Child supporting U.K. electronic musician James Blake. The tour includes a stop at Chicago's Lincoln Hall and New York's Bowery Ballroom. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.
This tour precedes the release of Active Child's debut album, which will arrive on August 23, 2011, via Vagrant Records. The album does not yet have a title. More information upcoming.
Active Child is the musical project from choirboy-turned-indie pop musician Pat Grossi. His debut collection of songs featured the skilled use of various 80s-tinged synths to create ethereal, soaring soundscapes, punctuated by crisp electronic drum samples and handclaps. All of this lays the groundwork for Grossi's exquisite vocals, which, with their unearthly sound and evocative lyrics, take on an enchanting, hymnal quality that would not be out of place amongst the richly colored sunlight of a church's stained-glass interior.
Pitchfork Media reviewed Active Child track "Wilderness," giving it a rating of 8/10 and comparing Grossi's "trembling falsetto" to that of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons. The review went on to say that ACTIVE CHILD's mixed-genre work "is a good example of the positive results to be yielded from a musician straddling two disparate styles" and "pulls from different directions but still manages to aim forward."
Active Child Tour Dates
5/8 Washington DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
5/9 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
5/11 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/12 New York, NY @ LPR
5/14 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
5/15 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/16 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry