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Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Branches

October 22nd, 2013
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A Family Affair

Concept albums are often scorned at, considered hokey gimmicks or forced attempts at creating high-handed, pretentious masterpieces. But The Family Tree: The Branches, the second installment in Radical Face’s Family Tree trilogy, is a concept album done right. The trilogy began with The Roots (2011), which lays out the story of a fictional family called the Northcotes in the first half of the nineteenth century. Radical Face (aka Floridian musician Ben Cooper, whose soft croon you may recognize from Electric President), explains on his website that he limited the instrumentation on The Roots to guitar, piano, a floor tom and vocals to reflect the Victorian era. The Branches, though, moves the narrative forward in time, pushing the music into a more modern realm as it follows the expanding generations onward. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in Reviews ,

Radical Face Live in Los Angeles, 10/11/11

November 26th, 2011

Bootleg Theater hosted Radical Face’s debut LA concert, an intimate performance with choral accompaniment by the Easterly Singers. Listening to Radical Face on record, Ben Cooper’s lush delivery of elegant folk melodies is striking. There is a narrative cohesion to his lyrics that suggests a powerful story behind the music. With much of the audience cross-legged on the ground before the stage, Ben secured his role as storyteller. Read more…

By Gianni Abbott Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Listen: Radical Face’s Single A Pound of Flesh

October 19th, 2011

Reclusive indie folk artist Radical Face is back at it with a follow up to his 2007 debut, Ghost, with The Family Tree: The Roots released earlier this month.  With a handful of select live performances, the artist behind the folk mask, Ben Cooper, has also offered up the single, “A Pound of Flesh,” free for download.

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