Here’s Active Child, a man who makes a solemn kind of white winter hymntronica, as though Vienna by Ultravox had somehow replaced Jerusalem as the unofficial national anthem in 1981 and OMD’s Joan of Arc and Maid of Orleans had been the most pervasive synth-pop records that year instead of Love Action and Tainted Love. Or as though Fleet Foxes had swapped their guitars for a bunch of Yamahas and Korgs. It’s all very sorrowful and serious.

Active Child – a cover for Los Angelino Pat Grossi – either employing a soaring falsetto worthy of Morten Harket (though others have likened it to Antony Hegarty or Boys Don’t Cry-era Robert Smith) or multitracking his vocals to make him sound like a particularly sad choir after one too many Demerols were slipped into their communion wine.

Active Child by Brent Mullins

Active Child by Brent Mullins

Active Child: “Wilderness” Right Click Download – Click to Listen

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