Ben Cooper and his one man band Radical Face have
created yet another gem that is likely to be found in Zach
Braff's CD collection. Cooper sounds like he could have influences
which range from Death Cab For Cutie to Margot And The
Nuclear So and So's. The Floridian, who is also half of the
duo Electric President, has taken his project in a more
acoustic and somewhat mainstream direction. Ghost is Cooper's
sophomore LP under the Radical Face banner and it proves to be
a valiant effort.
The album is full of catchy tunes; although Cooper's nasal voice
could turn many people off. The album title Ghost describes
the essence of most of the tracks, with each containing somewhat
eerie and haunting melodies accompanied by muted vocals that tend
to seem more like background noise than vocals at times. The chord
progressions are innovative and interesting without being 'experimental'.
Tracks such as "Asleep on a Train" and "Welcome
Home" show that you get more bang for your buck with their
many intriguing layers combined to form a perfectly balanced work
of art. Other tracks such as "Homesick", a tune which
combines only acoustic guitar, the piano and a lo-fi vocals, are
far simpler, yet have an inherent beauty in the simplicity.
Like many albums, each and every track on the album is not a
keeper, but there are several great songs which should be heard
by any self-respecting indie fan. If you're looking to add some
excellent chillout music to your indie collection, Radical Face
is what you should be digging through the CD bins for.
1. Asleep on a train
2. Welcome home
3. Let the river in
5. The strangest things
6. Wrapped in
7. Piano strings
8. Along the road
10. Winter is coming
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