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. The 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.
Rich officially joins the Happy Robots roster after working as a mixing engineer and/or producer with many Happy Robots artists including Sinosa, Alice Hubble, Rodney Cromwell and Morgane Lhote (ex-Stereolab)'s project Hologram Teen.
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, dream-pop band Mahogany and Brazilian funk group Limoncello.
'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.
"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 which might go well with a latte or cappuccino in the café of the Design Museum during a visit to the new Terence Conran exhibition"
The Electricity Club
"Pretty Glorious" Stewart Maconie