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I'm a big fan of Evan Brody's (a.k.a Family Portrait) self-titled debut on UP. To me it seemed like a coming of age record that paid homage to Brody's childhood influences whilst suggesting what may lie ahead for the artist. The Dark Roast EP differs greatly from his debut in that it seems to be a complete solo outing with no contributions from his fellow scene buddies. It's also much poppier and direct than his debut. A reliance on drum machines and programming may have come about as a result of this isolation? Who knows, still I'm impressed by how inventive and fresh his beats sound. Couple that with his already gifted songwriting ability and we've got a winner on our hands. At times these laid-back jams bring to mind Sun Araw's loose dubs as well as Ducktails' effortless indie pop jams. I'll put this down to the use of Eastern and African percussion as well as the layers of space echo that saturate the guitars. What sets it apart is the inherent quirkiness of his programming and his fantastically alien vocal. The usual ghostly tape echo may be obscuring the clarity of his delivery but you can still tell his got a wild singing style. So, a fairly massive departure from previous outings but a definite progression in creative terms...and you gotta love that logo.
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