Artist of the Week: Washed Out
Washed Out is the stage name of Ernest Greene, a North-American composer and performer who experimented with computerized and dance music before focusing on the romantic nostalgia and the drowsy homespun textures that made him the poster boy of electro’s chillwave movement.
After releasing a pair of lush EPs (2009’s High Times and 2010’s Life of Leisure) that triggered comparisons to acts such as Neon Indian or Memory Cassette, Washed Out released Within and Without in 2011, a Billboard Top 30 full-length debut that showed to a larger audience Greene’s elegant take on dreamy and sensual synth-pop. It comes as no surprise that his songs were immediately used in movies and documentaries due to their evoking proprieties and “Feel It All Around” was even picked as the theme music of the highly popular Portlandia TV show.
Paracosm, Washed Out‘s recently released sophomore effort, is a little revolution in Greene’s typical monochromatic sound: a definitely brighter, more colorful an even psychedelic affair with live drums and bass that give an undeniable warmth to his songs. Never mind the “summer record” cliché, this a record to be enjoyed whenever one feels like listening to some soothing and appeasing music.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.