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Radical Face - The Family Tree: The Branches

Radical Face: The Family Tree - The Branches

Radical Face has released the second album in his Family Tree trilogy, telling stories full of harmonies and soaring choruses.

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Nov 25, 2013. 10:00am - 10:44am
Dec 1, 2013. 9:00am - 9:44am


Radical Face is the solo project of Jacksonville native Ben Cooper, who also plays with Electric President.

The Branches follows 2011 album The Roots in a series of albums titled The Family Tree. The Leaves will follow in the coming years.

"Originally it was just going to be one album," Cooper told Dig Music, "I ended up writing for about three and a half years and when I sat down with all the material, I'd written over 40 songs and I couldn't pare that down to one record."

These songs represent 1860-1910 in Cooper's family history, some genealogy charts of a family he researched and some fiction, "just because I like to throw in some fantasy elements," he said.

All previous Radical Face material was released without any mastering on the tracks: "I actually like the ugly bits; the squeaks, the noises. The masters that I was getting back [on the previous records] had diminished those things and if anything, I wanted them louder."

For The Branches, Cooper found engineer Greg Reely who included all the recording imperfections in his final master, “This is the first time that I found someone I could agree with," he said.

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