August 1, 2010

i believed the stars were wishes


There’s a humble little new iTunes EP out from Radical Face, one of the musical projects of Florida’s Ben Cooper (the other one being the equally fantastic Electric President). The six-song Touch The Sky (Welcome Home) EP is a collection of alternates and b-sides, and includes an alternate version and a reprise of the song “Welcome Home” (which I fawned over here, one of my favorites of his).

Here’s one track from the new EP, all about the things we believed in when we were kids. Maybe I just have Arcade Fire on the brain, what with the rush of heat surrounding their new album, but I can’t help feeling like this song sounds like a kindred spirit to an Arcade Fire demo:

Doorways – Radical Face

The next full-length album from Radical Face is fully tracked and will be out soon. I can’t wait. It will be the first in a trilogy of albums, and is called The Roots. I am growing seriously, deeply attached to all of Ben Cooper’s output these days.

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  • “Welcome Home” song is all over UK TV on an advert at the moment and, without fail, every time it starts up, my little boy’s focus is snatched from whatever he might be doing straight towards the TV. Made me fall in love with the song and Radical Face too. Love this, thank you!

    Joe — August 3, 2010 @ 8:09 am

  • I’m actually even more fond of “The Deserter’s song” and it’s glorious last minute and a half than the one you posted. I was becoming a tad nervous about the new album (“Ghost” is quite the challenge to follow up) but after hearing the new stuff my worries are vanishing like snow melting in the breeze.

    By the by the, I’m sure a b-side addict like yourself has already discovered the early EP (Junkyard Chandelier) and it’s “Paper Birds” and title track. “We may not have much…but it’s enough…to keep us living…”

    Christof — August 4, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  • So… I was blown away, because I liked the instrumental version of this song released under the name of Ben Cooper’s solo project Patients (you can listen to it here: It has so much more meaning after he put the lyrics and melody to it. The only thing I miss in the new song is the gorgeous strings. Anyway, thanks for posting.

    Niels — August 19, 2010 @ 9:56 am

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