Song of the Day: Active Child – Playing House (feat. How to Dress Well)

photo by Steven Sims

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today‚Äôs selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards is “Playing House (featuring Tom Krell of How to Dress Well) by Active Child from his forthcoming album You Are All I See on Vagrant.

Active Child – Playing House (feat. How to Dress Well) (MP3)

Pat Grossi’s youth as a choir boy set the stage for this LA singer, and over the years he has gathered decades of musical influence. Incubating it all in his bedroom armed with a laptop and a penchant for creating uniquely majestic indie pop, and we have Active Child. You Are All I See is the follow up to the much revered Curtis Lane EP that came out in 2010. It’s not often you get classically trained vocalists repping indie-pop laptop music, so Grossi’s positively enchanting voice is something to savor.

“Playing House” is deceitfully modern embracing Boyz II Men style R&B crooning, layered over thumping bass of early hip hop and hard not to love when its executed with the sweeping atmosphere of a harp and eerie New Order style synthesizers. The vocals are shared by Grossi, who exhibits a lighter Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons with Tom Krell of How to Dress Well. Krell supports and trades of with Grossi seamlessly.

After going on tour in support of James Blake, School of Seven Bells, and White Rabbits, Active Child will be on his first headlining tour in support of the new album through September. Check out all the dates on his website and MySpace page. Earlier this year we had a chance to have him in our studio, so by all means, check out this video of Grossi playing “She Was A Vision” live at KEXP:

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