AOTY 2020

Family Portrait

Ross from Friends - Family Portrait
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #500 / 830
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2018 Ratings: #278
July 27, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Brainfeeder / Label
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Varied in style, but with a unified vision, Family Portrait is a big success for Ross From Friends, a very personal and authentic piece of work.

‘Family Portrait’ is the culmination of a remarkable journey for the artist.
It's an album you can easily disappear into from one of electronic music's most thrilling new talents.

Family Portrait is an uncommonly original album, keeping listeners guessing while making a significant, sometimes unexpected emotional impact.

Crack Magazine
Filled with shimmering, dusky melodies that are only ever half in view, this is a powerful debut.
A record filled with countless intricate and carefully considered elements, and yet one that never feels cluttered, or at risk of losing its pervasive emotional resonance.
Resident Advisor

By drawing on memories and relationships for inspiration, Weatherall conveys emotion more convincingly than ever before.

The Line of Best Fit

That synthesis between the past and the present is at the heart of Family Portrait and, while it might sometimes lose that heart, when it rediscovers its path again, it becomes an incredibly immersive and exciting album.

Loud and Quiet
Ross from Friends has made a cohesive, lovely little album that’s easy to fall into, and when you do, its grasp gets tighter and tighter.
Tiny Mix Tapes
While Ross from Friends explores an incredibly specific theme, that of a misremembered personal past, he does so with a keen ear for detail and an unparalleled facility for sonic layering.
Rolling Stone

The tone is music darker, the textures are much more defined, the beats are often quite huge, but the melodies/instruments/moods are familiar to anyone who listens to music on the periphery of nostalgia: vaporwave, Actress, Lee Gamble, etc.

FLOOD Magazine

Ross from Friends’ debut indulges in humor and the minutiae of legacy, handling the details with care.

Northern Transmissions

For all Ross From Friends’ wonkiness ... Family Portrait is sometimes flaccid or otherwise aimless.

On his debut album, the UK producer attempts to shake the shackles of “lo-fi house” in search of a more nuanced understanding of dance-music nostalgia, but he can’t quite escape the shadow of his influences.

With Family Portrait Ross From Friends (or Dr Geller as he prefers to be called) confirms enviable production skills that were already displayed on hype-building 12” releases, but is missing some songwriting nous that would have lifted the album up and made it a more consistently engaging listen.

The Skinny

When it pushes boundaries and dips its toe further into avant-garde territory, Family Portrait can be an immersive exploration of dance music.

God Is in the TV

Family Portrait could provide the ideal soundtrack for your sweltering summer staycation, or it could be good music to distract you while you’re ploughing through a pile of ironing, putting the ‘house’ into housework.

A disappointment if you're comparing it his earliest EPs, but it's best to take this set for what it is, and it's a pretty good vibe.
I'll always fondly remember his work as part of the group, Way, No Way, but his "wordless sound poems" translate well here and demonstrate he was the spine of the band all along. He would would describe his sound as "communicating very private emotions," and he executes wonderfully here.
But hey, don't just take it from me. See what the other critics are saying:

"That was...umm...terrific." - Monica

"Really...bitchin'" - Chandler

"Wow. It was ... read more
A fantastically flamboyant album. Family Portrait offers some lush electronic sounds while integrating vocal samples throughout. Let You Down is like a more bright sounding version of a Burial cut with a looped sample of ‘How can something so wonderful let me down’. The Beginning pitches down a vocal snippet from Pakistani artist Naheed Akhtar and places it over some vibrant synth waves. We also get a G-funk synth popping up on Project Cybersyn too.

Fave Tracks: "The ... read more
Felix Clary Weatherall is attempting to make his family portrait by using the basic technology he's got in order to construct some simple but pretty cosy frames of homemade, house rhythms.
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Track List

  1. Happy Birthday Nick
  2. Thank God I'm a Lizard
  3. Wear Me Down
  4. The Knife
  5. Project Cybersyn
  6. Family Portrait
  7. Pale Blue Dot
  8. Back Into Space
  9. Parallel Sequence
  10. R.A.T.S.
  11. Don't Wake Dad
  12. The Beginning
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Added on: June 6, 2018