TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: RADNOR & LEE BY RADNOR & LEE

9 May 2018 | Blog

May 9 – May 15

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Radnor & Lee is a musical collaboration between Ben Lee and Josh Radnor. Friends for over a decade with a shared interest in spirituality and philosophy, they had always said they should write a song together. One song turned into ten and Radnor & Lee was born.

After their first live show at Hotel Cafe, a friend described their music as “the intersection of pop and prayer.” Upon hearing this, their producer Ryan Dilmore dubbed them “singer-psalmwriters.” The songs are by turns witty, hopeful, yearning, joyful, searching and meditative.

Both of us grew up in middle class Jewish households, but our interest in spiritual matters has never been relegated to our own tradition. We’re philosophically and theologically curious and much of our music reflects that. We’re as likely to find lyrical inspiration in the words of the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, Rumi, and Herman Hesse as we are in the Torah and the Gospels. We understand “God” is a loaded term for many and we wish there were a better one. On the occasions when we say it and sing it we mean the mysterious, the unknown, the eternal fount of truth, wisdom, and virtue. A shared interest in spirituality was one of the ways we connected as friends. We’re excited about inviting others into the conversation through song.” – Josh Radnor

Ben Lee began his career as a young teenager in the early ’90s, in the Australian lo-fi punk band Noise Addict, who were discovered by taste-making artists Sonic Youth and theBeastie Boys. This began what is now an almost 25-year career of producing intelligent and spiritual indie-pop songs that have soundtracked Ben’s inner life in music.

Josh Radnor is best known as an actor, having played the central character for nine seasons on CBS’s Emmy-nominated comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. He has written, directed and starred in two feature films, Liberal Arts andHappyThankYouMorePlease both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the latter winning the 2010 Audience Award for Favorite U.S. Drama. Radnor has also worked extensively on and off Broadway.

After first introducing their sound with a catchy piece of melodic folk pop “Be Like The Being” at the beginning of the year the pair followed up with a track written about The perennial search for happiness with “Doorstep“. These tracks met critical acclaim, scoring features in NME, Paste, Allmusic, Yahoo! Music, Hello Giggles, MusicFeeds, andMetro.co.uk and gave fans a taste of what their forthcoming full-length record is all about. Radnor & Lee’s self-titled album has a philosophical/spiritual slant that some fans of Josh Radnor may find surprising and is set for release on November 10th 2017.