The project of Roman Angelos was invented as a vehicle for New York's Rich Bennett to explore his obsession with library recordings of the 60's and 70s. Beyond the world of library electronica, Rich has been involved in a diverse group of musical projects, including the newly reunited outsider/60s proto-punk group The Shaggs and Brazilian funk group Limoncello.
The debut album 'Spacetronic Lunchbox' hearkens back to that era, blending early electronica, exotica, muzak and video game music. Boasting 11 songs in 10 minutes, the albums is a burst of sonic nostalgia that is original and (light) entertaining in its own right. 'Spacetronic Lunchbox' was released in March 2020 with a limited edition clear vinyl lathe cut, available Happy Robots and with a worldwide digital release through Cargo Distribution. The record was featured by Shindig, Electronic Sound Magazine, The Electricity Club with radio play including that by Bob Fischer on BBC Radio Tees and Cerys Matthews and Stewart Maconie's Freak Zone on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Rich has also worked as a mixing engineer and/or producer with many Happy Robots artists including Sinosa, Alice Hubble, Morgane Lhote (ex-Stereolab)'s project Hologram Teen and Rodney Cromwell, producing the album 'Memory Box'.
The second Roman Angelos album 'Music for Underwater Supermarkets' was released on 28th January 2022. Described by Amplify Music Magazine as "fluid and meditative, yet so catchy – taking the best concept of elevator music to new lounge-loving heights". The album was played on BBC6 Music by Cerys Matthews and on Stewart Maconie's Freakshow. It is available to order now from our Bandcamp.
His new remix album 'Supermarkets, Underwater' with all tracks lovingly re-imagined by Scott Solter was released on 19 May 2023.
"It's 11 one-minute tracks of insanely cheerful and groovy lounge muzak. It's fantastic."
Bob Fischer (BBC Tees)
"A collection of hilarious, bossa nova-infused, retrofuturist vignettes. Quite frankly - and no other word will suffice here - it's groovy"
"A fun escapist collection of music"
The Electricity Club
"Pretty Glorious" Stewart Maconie