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Radical Face: Bio

Radical Face is the solo project of Ben Cooper.  His first release official release was in 2007, though earlier online-only albums started popping up as early as 2003. He now spends most of his time in Los Angeles, still making records in a living room.

1 Dead Ends
2 Better Days
3 Personal Giants
4 Guilt
5 Hard Of Hearing
6 Doubt
Hard Of Hearing
Doubt

Radical Face the Los Angeles-based project of musician Ben Cooper will release the Therapy EP on April 26 via Bear Machine Records (pre-order). Today Radical Face has shared the official video video for "Doubt" from his forthcoming release. The video premiered today at Flood Magazine and song will be available to share on streaming services this Friday. 

About the video Ben Cooper says: This is the most technically and physically demanding video I've ever done, as everything was done in-camera. No post was added at all, not even basics like color-correction. The idea was to build an evolving portrait, fading between extreme lighting and background differences while singing. The only problem was, for this idea to work, I couldn't move at all between takes. So we built a chair that could fix the back of my head in place, and I had to concentrate on not moving my shoulders or tilting my chin at all for about 30 to 45 minutes at a time. Really small movements were really noticeable when all the clips overlapped. Sitting that still with such concentration between takes is really difficult, mentally and physically. It's like doing stop-motion, but with lighting, make-up and a live person. And thematically speaking, this was all a visual attempt to get across how, when dealing with depression, you often feel static, or numb, while the world around you seems chaotic. That even people trying to get your attention doesn't really register, it all just feels pretty stuck in time.

Radical Face's forthcoming EP follows up the acclaimed The Family Tree series -- The Roots (2011), The Branches (2013), and The Leaves (2016) in which Cooper grasped onto ideas and perceptions that left him hopelessly drained, creatively and emotionally. Speaking with a professional finally enabled him to let go, something he's honored by naming his new effort Therapy. 

Crossover Media Projects with: Radical Face