INDIE POP-FOLK ARTIST PREMIERES VIDEO FOR
‘POUND OF FLESH’
TODAY ON AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE
THE FIRST SINGLE OFF ‘THE FAMILY TREE: THE ROOTS’
OUT OCTOBER 4 ON BEAR MACHINE
LIVE IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW ON KXLU (LOS ANGELES)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 (5:15pm PT)
LIVE IN-STORE PERFORMANCE AT ORIGAMI VINYL (LOS ANGELES)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 (7:00pm)
Indie pop-folk artist RADICAL FACE–aka BEN COOPER–is announcing a series of premieres and special events surrounding the release of his sophomore album THE FAMILY TREE: THE ROOTS, out October 4 on Bear Machine, and his select U.S. shows this fall. Hauntingly beautiful, RADICAL FACE’s new album glimmers with folk, pop and BEN’s wide-open vocals. The video for first single “Pound of Flesh” debuts exclusively today (September 22) via American Songwriter magazine online. Directed by BEN and longtime friend Mark Hubbard, the video was made for $165.00. The clip was shot on location in BEN’s native Jacksonville, FL where all involved fought wildlife and insects to capture authentic footage. The clip further develops the song’s meaning and explores the album’s dark themes which are juxtaposed with soaring vocals. To watch the clip and read BEN’s Q&A on American Songwriter, click: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2011/09/video-premiere-radical-face-pound-of-flesh/. Fans can pre-order the new album exclusively on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/the-family-tree-the-roots/id464170535.
On Wednesday, October 5, RADICAL FACE will perform live in-studio at KALX, 3:00 PM PST (Univ. of California-Berkeley) to preview his Thursday, October 6 show in San Francisco at Brick And Mortar with the Albatross Choir. On Monday, October 10 he’ll make a special appearance for an in-store performance and signing at Origami Vinyl at 7:00pm (1816 West Sunset Blvd., LA, CA) to preview his Tuesday, October 11 show in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater with the Easterly Singers Choir. Later in the week on Friday, October 14, RADICAL FACE will perform and be interviewed live on Los Angeles tastemaker station KXLU (Loyola Marymount University). To listen live, go here: http://www.live365.com/index.live.
After four years of honing the album concept, which depicts the life and tribulations of a family from the 1800’s, RADICAL FACE, recorded the album alone in a tool shed in his native Jacksonville, FL. 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. RADICAL FACE–who has generally shied away from traditional live performances–will give U.S. fans a rare concert experience this fall with a unique live show encompassing a full choir backing him.
THE ROOTS… 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 builds in layers much like the depth of its characters. From soaring tracks like “A Pound of Flesh” and “Severus and Stone,” to 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 the listener to fully escape into the album as the stories unravel.
Check out some early praise for RADICAL FACE:
“As one-half of the Morr Music duo Electric President, Ben Cooper traded in the kind of electro-pop melancholy that made the spines of Postal Service fans tingle. But his diet is more organic when he works alone as Radical Face, whose rapturous folk music is as stirring as it is conceptual. His 2007 album Ghost was based on the idea that houses are inhabited by the events that have taken place in them, and the songs on his forthcoming second record “The Family Tree: the Roots” (out Oct. 4 on his own Bear Machine Records) — recorded in a toolshed behind his mother’s house in Jacksonville, Fla.–revolve around a strange, fictitious family from the 1800s. Guitar, piano, simple percussion–and ideas…”
“With storytelling at the core of this beautifully crafted and sonically haunting collection, this record has all the makings of an indie classic, in the best way. Think Band Of Horses meets The Shins circa Garden State, with the depth and imagination of a talented raconteur.”
—Hits Magazine (September 16, 2011)
“With both buzzy feedback in ‘All is Well (It’s Only Blood)’ and simple, un-experimental, folky harmonies in the final track, ‘We’re on Our Way’, Cooper illustrates his evolution as a musician and grasp on quite a few genres as well. A surprising and exciting change, in fact, as it is one of the first times a more folk-inspired, almost back-country Cooper has peeked from behind a curtain of distortion. Awesome.”
–Abby Ross, Knox Road (September 2011)
“The songs are moody, piano laden and instantly catchy…in a good way.”
–Sam Smith, Slow Coustic (September 2011)
“…filled with acoustic guitar, keys, strings, layers of voice, and very human percussion, giving the songs a delicate theatrical depth.”
—Pigeons & Planes (September 2011)
“Its depth and emotional delivery make it an album you want to put on repeat.”
–Nancy Hoang, Hopeless Thunder, (August 5, 2011)
“Radical Face creates timeless indie rock music that is at once incredibly calming, can be fitting for a rainy day spent inside, but also great on a sunny day with the windows down. Simply put, Radical Face creates beautiful music.”
–Lydia Simmons, Sunset In The Rear View (August 5, 2011)
RADICAL FACE U.S. Shows, fall 2011: