Los Angles-based artist Pat Grossi, otherwise known as Active Child, quietly released his excellent debut You Are All I See back in 2011. It was an album created before the onslaught of electronic-tinged alt-R&B had really caught fire. While that marketplace is somewhat overcrowded now, Grossi is absolutely one step ahead of his peers with this beautiful new song.
Five years on (not forgetting his Rapor EP in 2013), and he returns with an intriguing new single titled ‘1999’, a delicate ballad that reintroduces what made us all fall in love with him in the first place. Grossi spoke to FADER about the song’s meaning:
The words ‘Somewhere between now and 1999’ encapsulate the emotion and meaning of this song to me. Those 16 years span the end of adolescence and the beginning of adulthood for me. It’s a song about growing up, a song about the fragility of love, and our instinctual, perpetual search for that someone. I can remember my little nieces and nephews laughing and playing in my studio the day i started work on what would become ‘1999.’ Their innocence and curiosity of everything inspired me that day. There’s a cycle to the song’s structure and lyrics, a repetition that is hypnotic I think, much like the cycle of growing up, its so easy to lose track of time, but always important I think to keep track of your own growth.
Expect Grossi’s new album Mercy, which will feature lead single ‘1999’ sometime in June.