I love this track “Pound of Flesh” from Radical Face’s new album The Family Tree: The Roots (out October 4 on Bear Machine). It’s a complete indie folk soundscape with soaring vocals and simple but compelling melodies, creating cross between the vocals and mood of Manchester Orchestra and the sonics of Seryn. The video was shot in the Florida wilderness with a budget of just $165 by directors Ben Cooper (aka Radical Face) and longtime friend Mark Hubbard. To be honest, I love the concept of the video and how well it goes with the song, but the long breaks without music are a little distracting. For music, start at 1:02–the character starts by washing blood off of his hands and you can proceed from there.
The Family Tree: The Roots is a concept album of a depiction of the life of a 19th century family. Cooper recorded it alone in a tool shed in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL and limited the songwriting and instruments to those which would have been available in the 1800’s–piano, acoustic guitar, a floor tom, and voices. Although traditionally shying from live performances, Radical Face will be touring the U.S. with a live full choir in each city.
RADICAL FACE U.S. Shows, fall 2011: Fri 10/6 San Francisco, CA Brick and Mortar Music Hall (w/Albatross Choir) Tue 10/11 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater (w/Easterly Singers) Sat 10/22 Arlington, VA Rock Spring Church (w/Yorktown Vocal Ensemble) Tue 10/25 New York, NY Webster Hall Studio (w/Cloud Family Singers)