Worlds away from the boardwalk ballyhoo of the Jersey Shore, some fine music is being made in the Garden State by Ridgewood’s own Family Portrait. Their track ‘Other Side’ is a peach of a pop song, layering a drone of fuzzy, swirling guitars over a hypnotic beat that canters like a well-bred show horse.
It’s really a simple song without much variation from the main progression, but the group’s presentation makes ‘Other Side’ seem regal and somehow greater than the sum of it’s notes and chords. Singer Evan Brody carries the melody with the dignified presence of a leading man, especially in the “whoa-oh” hook that substitutes for the lack of a true chorus.
Family Portrait’s self-titled LP is out now on Underwater Peoples records.
Family Portrait – Other Side