As one-half of the Morr Music duo Electric President, Ben Cooper traded in the kind of electro-pop melancholy that made the spines of Postal Service fans tingle. But his diet is more organic when he works alone as Radical Face, whose rapturous folk music is as stirring as it is conceptual. His 2007 album “Ghost” was based on the idea that houses are inhabited by the events that have taken place in them, and the songs on his forthcoming second record “The Family Tree: the Roots” (out Oct. 4 on his own Bear Machine Records) — recorded in a toolshed behind his mother’s house in Jacksonville, Fla. — revolve around a strange, fictitious family from the 1800s. Guitar, piano, simple percussion — and ideas: It’s nothing radical, but it’s a formula that works.
||| Live: Radical Face performs Saturday at the 2nd New Los Angeles Folk Fest at Zorthian Ranch. He will also do an acoustic set on Tuesday as part of Buzz Bands LA’s SecondTuesday songwriter night at Lot 1 Cafe. And he performs Oct. 11 at the Bootleg Theater backed by the Easterly Singers.
||| Download: After the jump, trade your e-mail for song “We’re on Our Way”:
||| Also: Here’s his video for “Doorways”: