words by tom johnson
photograph by cornelia thonhauser
We first covered Choir Boy’s “Passive With Desire” LP back in October of 2016 and it felt immediately special. Perhaps what’s most impressive, however, is its longevity, the record still as tender, evocative, important now as it felt on that initial introduction, in spite of the numerous repeated plays. In fact, I’ve almost certainly played this record more than any other since its release and still find myself wilting in its tender, poignant sense of wonder, as soon as those first exquisite bars start to take shape. Led and guided by Adam Klopp, Passive With Desire feels like a beautiful meeting between Depeche Mode, The Blue Nile, and something altogether more of its time – weaving important societal issues in to its luxurious, brooding synth-pop.
“It is my gift – not to give, but to receive
Final repose beneath a pile of fallen leaves”
Unveiled here today, a year-and-a-half on from the album’s initial release, a brand new video for one of its key tracks, Blood Moon, shines a new, alluring light on the record, and released in anticipation of brand new re-pressing which is now available to order, after the initial Team Love Records release having been long sold-out. You can pre-order the new version right here.
Musically “Blood Moon” is indicative of Choir Boy’s stirring craft, the subtle machine-beats lying under that hazy, gorgeous voice which shapes the entire piece, while also shifting the surrounding mood, as if the atmosphere is something can be physically stirred and stretched, transformed in to shapes you never knew existed. Juxtaposed against its plain-stated beauty, the new video acts as the track’s warped cousin, the ambiguous nature of the record manifesting itself via an outlandish old man’s mask, and a striking variety of set-pieces – a visual representation, perhaps, for the personal darkness buried within the music that remains somewhat hidden by the beautiful veil of the music itself.
The moon shines red with my blood now
Illuminating my parents house
I see my childhood rewound
I lost my happiness somehow
Choir Boy’s Passive With Desire LP is out now, and you can read an in-depth interview with Adam about the record and its story here. The new “translucent beer gold” pressing of the record is available to buy via Bandcamp – and you can check-out the brand new ‘Blood Moon’ video right here:
Choir Boy Tour Dates:
Feb-27 – Oakland // Starline
Feb-28 – Los Angeles // Zebulon
Mar-1 – San Diego // SPACE
Mar-2 – Phoenix // Valley Bar
Mar-3 – Tucson // Club Congress
Mar-5 – Austin // Barracuda
Mar-6 – Dallas // Club Dada
Mar-7 – New Orleans // Gasa Gasa
Mar-8 – Tallahassee // Club Downunder at Florida State University
Mar-9 – Gainesville // The Atlantic
Mar-10 – Orlando // Wills Pub
Mar-11 – Miami // Gramps
Mar-13 – Tampa // Crowbar
Mar-14 – Atlanta // The Earl
Mar-15 – Nashville // The End
Mar-16 – Asheville // Mothlight
Mar-17 – Durham // Pinhook
Mar-18 – Richmond // Strange Matter
Mar-20 – Washington // DCDC9
Mar-21 – Baltimore // Metro Gallery
Mar-22 – Philadelphia // Underground Arts
Mar-23 – Boston // Great Scott
Mar-24 – Brooklyn // Saint Vitus
Mar-27 – Jersey City // onty Hall
Mar-28 – Pittsburgh // Spirit
Mar-29 – Columbus // The Summit
(w/ Softkill and VOWWS)
Mar-30 – Cleveland // Now That’s Class
Mar-31 – Detroit // Deluxx Fluxx
Apr-1 – Chicago // Empty Bottle
Apr-3 – Omaha // Reverb Lounge
Apr-4 – Denver // Hi Dive
Apr-5 – Salt Lake City // Metro Music Hall
Apr-6 – Boise // Neurolux
Apr-7 – Seattle // Barboza
Apr-8 – Portland // Tonic
This video was made in collaboration by new friends in 2017.
Directed by Kristin Cofer
Camera 1 Kristin Cofer
Camera 2 Eric Petrie.
Concept and Editing by Adam Klopp.
The olds played by Alex Powelson, Greg Wilson, Nate Housley, and Adam Klopp.
Lu the Dog
Dedicated to Cash Askew