Radical Face’s Ben Cooper is a talented and inspired musician from Jacksonville, Florida. Cooper chose the name Radical Face after seeing these words written on a flyer; he liked the ring to it and the name stuck. Cooper later found out that the flyer was for a plastic surgeon and the text actually read “Radical Face Lifts.” Cooper is also one-half of Electric President and Iron Orchestra and one third of Mother’s Basement. Cooper began exploring the arts as a young boy through drawing and painting, and by middle school he was creating short movies with his friends and later, discovered his interest in music.
“Welcome Home” was featured in a Nikon commercial that replicates a montage of sentimental and memorable videos that define people and who they are. I really like Nikon’s use of this song and the visuals they set to go along with it. The personal value that is associated with photographs and videos, as crude or professional as they are, captures the essence of “Welcome Home,” which allows this commercial and song to seamlessly mesh together.
Cooper’s style can be deemed as acoustic and alternative rock, although it is difficult to label Radical Face’s style, as it is very dynamic. “Welcome Home” is song filled with emotion, both lyrically and instrumentally. You can tell Cooper’s soul is put into this song from the very beginning as the chimes blowing in the wind create a dramatic and ominous effect. The delicate vocals that are introduced after the short musical overture gently build as the song progresses. The introduction of the strumming guitar creates a tender dynamic to this song that is repeated in each verse.
The chorus of this song is by far the most intense part, and my favorite. A crescendo leads to the introduction of a deep, bold piano melody. Cooper’s lyrics are poetic, which adds to the emotion that this song portrays. You can tell he is singing about a passionate matter, but it is difficult to completely decipher the situation Cooper is trying to depict through his articulate lyrics. There are many meanings to “Welcome Home,” and it is left up to the listener to interpret this song as they wish, which is another aspect of this song that makes it so enjoyable to listen to.