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"Hello, Hope, it's been a while," go the opening lines of "Dead Ends", the centerpiece of Ben Cooper's latest EP as Radical Face. After giving eight years of his life, creatively and emotionally, to his three-part The Family Tree series -- The Roots (2011), The Branches (2013), and The Leaves (2016) -- Cooper had indeed lost touch with hope. He'd too long grasped ideas and perceptions that held him back from peace. Speaking with a professional finally enabled him to let go, something he's honored by naming his new effort Therapy.
On Therapy, Radical Face has let go of all his past narratives. Instead of an intricate saga, he's kept his parameters simple. Instead of acoustic folk, he's written lush compositions. Instead of his troubled past, he's focused on his scarred present. Unsure yet confident, battered yet resilient, Cooper is taking Radical Face in a poignant new direction. And there's hope there.
The Bay Bridged connects with Ben Cooper (aka Radical Face) on 'Ghost' reinterpretation in advance of 'August Hall' show
Thirteen years after the release of Radical Face's Ghost in 2007, Ben Cooper (aka Radical Face) has re-released the album with completely new interpretations of the original tracks. Songs like "Welcome Home, Son" (which has been the Nikon theme song for eight years) have bolstered a cult following and have been given a fresh and gentle new breath of life. We connected with Cooper on his choice to rei...
Radical Face Ben Cooper shares his 'Guilt' with GRUNGE CAKE
A Florida-born multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter named Ben Cooper, known as Radical Face in a musical space, share a new tune called, ‘Guilt'. It's about not being ready-for whatever-although you may think that you are. I used to wonder if all human beings understood and process guilt as others. I know they don't, so it's always interesting to hear someone sing or talk about their experi...
Ben Cooper is in 'Therapy' with popMATTERS
Ben Cooper's latest EP as Radical Face is Therapy. The collection, which arrives April 26 via Bear Machine, is both a continuation and departure from his eight-year, three-part Family Tree series. Through those releases, he explored his complex family life, ultimately realizing that the material proved difficult to perform and difficult to live with. Having relocated to Los Angeles after an inten...
Light and airy vocals juxtapose vivacious drums and guitar on Radical Face - Doubt / GRUNGE CAKE
Outside of it coming across a lot like ‘Every Breath You Take' by the British band The Police, Radical Face's light and airy vocals juxtapose the vivacious drums and guitar, and speaks to the moments in my life when people's roles were no longer clear to me. Watch the super cool music video below. The artist said the following about the making of the visual: This is the most technically and phy...
Ben Cooper of Radical Face struggles with stasis in 'Doubt' video / FLOOD MAGAZINE
Ben Cooper's latest EP as Radical Face is titled Therapy, in large part because speaking with a professional helped to get his career as a musician back on track. Over the eight years Cooper worked on his deeply personal three-part Family Tree series-including The Roots (2011), The Branches (2013), and The Leaves (2016)-the singer-songwriter grew increasingly drained, both creatively and emotionally. In ...
Radical Face 'Hard of Hearing' makes 'best new singles' on RiFF magazine's 'Tuesday New Music Discovery'
Every week, there's a plethora of new music at our fingertips. Artists on platforms like Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time to sort through all that? RIFF does! and they have pooled their resources to find some of the best new singles from all genres and backgrounds, so you can find your newest earworm without all the drama. Enjoy thi...
Radical Face premiers 'Hard of Hearing' from upcoming 'Therapy' release / BrooklynVegan
Prolific indie pop artist Radical Face (aka Ben Cooper) has been at it for over 15 years, and he's set to release a new EP this year. It's called Therapy and it comes out April 26 via Bear Machine Records. "Therapy is an EP about aftermath," Ben says. "We often write about immediate experiences, but not so much about trying to make sense of whatever you're left with. The songs cover different...
Radical Face 'Hard of Hearing' premieres on Paste: Daily Dose
Daily Dose is your daily source for the song you absolutely, positively need to hear every day. Curated by the Paste Music Team. Thursday, Radical Face released the video for their latest single "Hard of Hearing," a contemplative yet upbeat departure from their usual acoustic-folk sound. Ben Cooper, the mind behind the musical project, said that the song describes: "the awkward middle period, that sp...
Radical Face - Missing Film 'is in the images' / The Indy Review
Radical Face‘s new album Missing Film is instrumental. The key is in the images it evokes and if those images are pretty. And the music, does it arouse some sort of sentiment? Pianos and strings cultivate this rich soundscape. I found the songs took me to various locales from a walk in overgrown grasses between old oak trees with the breeze brushing the branches together on a summer afternoon (...