Magazine article The Fader

In the Beginning: Active Child Makes a Home Away from Home

Magazine article The Fader

In the Beginning: Active Child Makes a Home Away from Home

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Digging through old photos last year. Par Grossi found a faded snapshot of himself as a kid on Halloween with his two brothers, their arms flung around each other. They're standing in front of the family house on Curtis Lane, the street in Moorestown, New Jersey, where they spent their salad day. Grossi felt so fondly about char time--and the sense of comfort that accompanied it--that he memorialized the photo on the cover of Curtis Lane, his first EP under the name Active Child. That Grossi resurrected the past speaks to the gauzy electronic music he makes: dipped in longing, with reverb as a constant echo underneath the angelic falsetto he developed while singing in the Philadelphia Boy's Choir. Homesickness is the underlying theme in Active Child's music, and the overarching one in Grossi's life.

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Last August, he decided to move back in with his parents in Los Angeles after working "bullshit jobs" in Denver for seven years. "My family is out here, my brothers are all our here, so the move back was a long time coming." Grossi says. "In Denver. I just wasn't really doing a whole lot. I needed a change inside." He found relief in Sun Rooms, a cassette-only release with synthetic flourishes pinned to a fluttering harp picked up while accompanying a friend to a rental warehouse. The sound of Grossi's delicate voice over the instrument elevates Sun Rooms to something sacred--though his keening may sometimes sound glacial or depressed, the music becomes a testimony to the value of lifelong companionship. …

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