Review: Ross From Friends Takes You On Sci-Fi Voyage With 'Epiphany' EP

Ross From Friends drops his only project of the year with this three-track EP.
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Ross From Friends has released his only project of 2019, a three-track EP Epiphany. This follows his 2018 album Family Portrait out on Brainfeeder.

The three-tracker covers a lot of ground in a short period of time. The title track draws on influences from sci-fi to create a different world to immerse yourself in for six minutes. Cavernous pads echo in the background under Middle Eastern guitar plucks, a fleeting voice saying “it was just a dream” and a breakbeat beat.

“I was watching a bunch of these films like The Thirteenth Floor, The Matrix (happy 20th anniversary) or Fifth Element, and I wanted the release to play on the idea of a desolate physical and social landscape becoming a utopia from a communal epiphany - or revolution," explains Ross From Friends.

He has also released the music video for "Epiphany, which captures that sort of imagination. 

“I wanted to capture a more expansive, epic, sound. Following from the previous video for ‘Pale Blue Dot,’ which centered around my parents. I named the 12” and track after my sister, Epiphany, and wanted it to be about her as much as a literal epiphany. The term feels like a step towards the bigger and expansive sound that I was going for, while naming something after my sister, who is one of my idols. I wanted the 12” to reflect a communal realization, one that comes politically, or when you’ve escaped everything in the midst of the rave—hence the title of one of the tracks, ‘The Revolution’ too.”

"The Revolution" dives into a different segment of his production, looping a vocal into a hypnotic disco house record that whips itself into a controlled frenzy.

“Phantom Ratio” takes things even deeper into a stuttering, spacey record that completes his journey into the expansive space he is trying to conjure this short, but sweet project. 

Stream the full EP below and pick up a copy here. He is going on tour the rest of the summer and fall and this is some great new music to lead with.

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