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Radical Face

Friday, January 31, 2020, 4:30 AM

"Hello, Hope, it's been a while," go the opening lines of "Dead Ends", the centerpiece of BenCooper's latest EP as Radical Face. Over the eight years he put into the three-part The FamilyTree series -- The Roots (2011), The Branches (2013), and The Leaves (2016) -- he'd graspedonto 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 naminghis new effort Therapy .With The Family Tree , Cooper sought to confront his difficult upbringing in Florida by forming afictional genealogy paired with stirring folk arrangements. Intense family drama near the end ofthe process pushed The Leaves to take on a far more personal tone, as Cooper felt"dishonest putting it into a separate avatar." That only made the songs increasingly moredifficult to perform, however, which coupled with the artistic exhaustion of pairing music with hisgrand concept made him pine for palliation.In an attempt to test himself and move on from the compositional confines of that trilogy, Cooperundertook a number of different projects. There was his Missing Film instrumental album, ascore he released for filmmakers to use for free, and his Covers, Vol. 1 EP, in which he onlysang songs by female artists. Adding to the challenge was his relocation to California; movingaway from his studio in Florida forced him to relearn how to record in an apartment with minimaltools.But Cooper as says, " If you wait for ideal conditions, you'll never get anything done ." Singingthe songs of Lana Del Rey and Cyndi Lauper reconnected him to traditional structures, whilewatching the Boom Boom Room performances on Twin Peaks: The Return and revisitingTalking Heads inspired him to seek richer, vaster orchestrations. His desire to leave the acousticleanings of his past works behind and return to verse-chorus framework became the drive forthe sonic shifts on Therapy .

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