RIYL: Joanna Newsom, Rhye, How To Dress Well

Label: Sony

In Another Life marks the third studio album for Active Child, the first in 5 years. Since 2017, we’ve been getting glimpses of a project in the works but never a full album. Alas, the wait is over and fans get 10 fresh and epic new songs from the harpist who’s falsetto is a work of art. I was trying to come up with an RIYL to some friends and he is really hard to pindown. My mashup was “James Blake, Antony & The Johnsons, Rhye, Joanna Newsom, Craft Spells & Jonquil were put in a blender, then something like Active Child might pop out, maybe” Crude, but whatever.

The eponymous single is simply remarkable. Starting softly and slowly building to a more broader, deeper sound until the climax of the full band gives way to a cascade of simplicity at the end is really some excellent composition. The ride is complete with operatic vocalization that moves your inner being in ways that haven’t been done since “A Seat at the Table” or “Limit to Your Love”.

Thankfully the album doesn’t just put out one stellar track but oscillates from one track to the next providing a steady stream but slower, melodic songs to more electro pop like sounds all being emphasized by strings and his harp. A major highlight is “Set Me Free” which grasps your soul and tugs hard on it, especially if you watch the music video. Another highlight is “Weightless” which is another song contemplating humanities worst inevitable fear, death and growing old. The song also has an unintentional double meaning for our current situation we are in with lyrics like: no contact / never ever leaves / stuck inside of me. The album rounds out with “Cruel World” which was originally dropped in 2017 but was never properly released until now. I found it an uplifting end to the album, basically pointing out how terrible the world is but it’s worth it to keep your head up because time is short.

Overall, the album is the type you put on, relax on the couch and listen to as if you were watching a well made TV show that is though provoking, has a well formulated story line, and gives you pause as you ponder life’s brutal nature.

First pressing is limited to 500 pressings, per the man himself verified through direct messaging. There could definitely be a repress, but this is what I’ve heard so far. Grab a copy today.

The Details

LIMITED PRESSING (Per social media)
Limited to 500 copies per Pat Grossi through direct messaging.

includes a full size poster & lyric sheet. Released June 26th

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Thanks to Pat for the tip!

Price $25

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