INDIE-FOLK DUO RADNOR & LEE RELEASE SECOND SINGLE, “DOORSTEP,” OFF THEIR FORTHCOMING DEBUT LP, SHARE NEW VIDEO
FOR FIRST SINGLE “BE LIKE THE BEING”
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“Doorstep” at All Music
“Be Like the Being” video at Paste
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“Joyful spirituality abounds as their voices blend with layers of acoustic guitar and an organ providing extra punctuation.” – All Music
“a collection of songs that are by turns witty, hopeful, yearning, joyful, searching and meditative.” – Yahoo! Music
“Lee’s transition from precocious pop maestro to folksy ‘adult’ pop has been quietly impressive.” – Rolling Stone
“The most common elements in Lee’s musical trajectory have been his unfailing flair for melody and his songs’ immediate and uncommon accessibility.” – PopMatters
August 17, 2017 – Indie-folk duo Radnor & Lee have officially released the second single, “Doorstep,” off their forthcoming debut LP, due out November 10. AllMusic praised the track, writing, “Joyful spirituality abounds as their voices blend with layers of acoustic guitar and an organ providing extra punctuation.” Additionally, the duo recently released the video for their single “Be Like The Being” with Paste Magazine calling it, “Offbeat…artful.”
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.
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 the Beastie 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 and HappyThankYouMorePlease, 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.
Radnor & Lee’s debut single “Be Like The Being” is a call back to the present moment, the only place where the human heart can breathe easy. It’s a catchy piece of melodic folk pop that gives us a taste of what their forthcoming full-length is all about.
While some have been quick to label the music as religious, Radnor explains that it is much bigger than that…
“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 fountain 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.”