When we first looked at the press photo of Radical Face, we immdiately assumed his single, “Pound Of Flesh,” would be a dark, foreboding, industrial piece of grit and grime. We were half right.

It is, indeed, dark and foreboding but “Pound Of Flesh,” from Radical Face’s new album, The Family Tree: The Roots, is anything but industrial.

Within a pastoral setting of gentle piano and shimmering acoustic guitars, Radical Face’s delicate airy tenor paints a picture of a dream that grips him in his sleep and haunts him when he’s awake.

“Next to the weight I carry in my chest, a┬ápound of flesh, could never tip the scale that I’ve made,” he sings, lyrics that float by us like leaves float by on the water, like life’s minutes float by on the barges of hours.

Radical Face is also known as Ben Cooper, is also known as half the duo Electric President (with Alex Lane), is also known as half the duo Iron Orchestra (with his brother, Emeral) and is also known as a third of the group Mother’s Basement.

He released an album (Ghost) and two EPs under the name of his alter ego before undertaking his newest project, a trilogy that follows the fictional Northcote family through their many generations.

The Family Tree: The Roots is the first of the three and “Pound Of Flesh” is the first captivating and wholly compelling single.

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