Opening an album with layer upon layer of tumbling harp is a bold, if delicate move, not just because the first notes of a record aren’t usually a barometer of what lies beyond, but because no artist (or record company) wants to blow their load in the opening track. So the following icy backdrops of lo-fi RnB beats and Blade Runner atmospherics are an unexpected surprise. Pat Grossi’s all-consuming voice (a cross between the hushed breathing of Junior Boys and the vocal flourishes of Shearwater) is often in sharp contrast to the cold, organ chamber mechanics of his music, but it makes for a foreboding listen, and one wracked with a grand cinematic tension that’s given weight and warmth by his choirboy register. Using classical compositions to beautifully alluring effect, ‘You Are All I See’ is an album that doesn’t ask for your attention, it just indulges.

By Reef Younis

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