Rapor EP - VAGRANT
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Christian Koons on October 31, 2013
What’s most evident about Active Child’s Rapor EP is the influence that Pat Grossi has taken from his musical peers since the success of his debut album, You Are All I See. The opening instrumental track “She Cut Me” has reverb-heavy drums and pitch-bent vocal samples akin to M83, for whom Active Child opened during a 2011 tour. Ellie Goulding, the English pop artist who covered and then adopted Active Child’s “Hanging On,” returns the favor here by providing guest vocals on “Silhouette,” a forlorn ballad that serves as the EP’s centerpiece. “Subtle,” which may be Rapor’s highlight, features Louisiana-bred Mikky Ekko, whose quick, mid-range vocal delivery provides stimulating contrast to Grossi’s cooed falsetto and is evocative of the late King of Pop himself. But this is, after all, an Active Child venture, and Grossi’s signature touches are all here—the angelic soprano, arpeggiating synths and grooving percussion all bundle the EP together nicely—while the guest appearances provide distinctiveness to an effort that may have otherwise been too cohesive.