Indie, pop-folk artist RADICAL FACE returned with his sophomore album The Family Tree: The Roots after a 4 year break. After years of honing the concept, artist BEN COOPER, aka RADICAL FACE, recorded the album--depicting a family from the 1800’s--alone in a tool shed in his native Jacksonville, FL, only using instruments of the era. Hauntingly beautiful, The Family Tree: The Roots glimmers with folk, pop and Ben’s wide-open spacious vocals.
Don’t be fooled by Ben’s uniquely understated voice and the simple beginnings. The new album is the follow-up to his 2007 debut indie triumph Ghost, and the first installment of three stand-alone records all tied to the theme of a Family Tree: each song on The Family Tree: The Roots builds in layers much like the depth of its characters. From soaring tracks like “A Pound of Flesh” and “Severus and Stone,” eerily dark pieces like “Black Eyes” and “Kin” to warm, enlightening gems like “Always Gold” and “Mountains,” the songs flow together with mindful artistic clarity, allowing you to fully escape into the album as the stories unravel.
Ben limited the songwriting to instruments that would have been accessible in the 1800’s--piano, acoustic guitar, a floor tom, and voices--only bringing in additional instruments during tracking when needed. He says: “I’m a storyteller, and wanted that to be the focus. I looked up genealogy charts and studied American history for a frame of reference and put it all together.” Such concepts and stories come naturally to Ben, whom wrote fiction before turning to music. He switched to music after a hard drive crash where he lost two novels.
Chances are you're already familiar with Ben’s music; he is one half of the band Electric President among other side projects. Meanwhile, “Welcome Home” the RADICAL FACE song has garnered over 7 million Youtube views. It appears as the soundtrack for the I AM NIKON campaign and in such movies as Humboldt County, The Vicious Kind and the Reel Rock Documentary, listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8a4iiOnzsc. Further RADICAL FACE television support has come from shows like “Private Practice,” “Skins,” “Eddie Izzard” and “Weeds,” as well as Current TV which nationally aired a documentary piece on RADICAL FACE in 2008. Most recently, Ben lent his music to support the “It Gets Better” Google Chrome Campaign against bullying and the “Ride 4 Water” charity raising funds for clean drinking water in Africa. Radical Face was also featured on Last Call with Carson Daly, full interview and performance here: http://www.nbc.com/last-call-with-carson-daly/video/radical-face/1368653
This winter Ben Cooper, aka Radical Face, shares the ‘Always Gold’ EP, a collection of music that follows this year’s beautiful narrative ‘The Family Tree: The Roots.” In addition to the album version, the EP will include two renditions of “Always Gold” – an Acoustic and Short Attention Span version – an alternative mix of “Wandering,” a bonus track titled “We’re On Our Way” and the previously unreleased song, “Echoes.”