The dawn of a new electronic musical era is upon us. As if you didn’t already know. Now more than ever its easy to get your hands on a synth and some fancy computer apps, a cheap mic and a mbox and you can make music for the masses. For most this is both a blessing and a burden. It’s a blessing because the potential is at the tip of our talentless fingertips only to be lost in a “oh man I wish I could do that” moment. It’s a burden because of the frustration the consumes you when you hear someone doing it right. Washed Out has recently released “Within and Without.” If you are feeling euphoric and ready for a sonic blast from another planet throw some cans on lay back and turn it up. This is Washed Out.
Eyes Be Closed – Washed Out
I’m sitting in my bedroom right now as I write this. Earnest Greene other wise known as Washed Out is putting people like me in a euphoric trance as I listen to the music he is making from his. His “chillwave” style of music caught the attention of many music bloggers like myself and propelled him to indie fame having been chose by Battles and Pitchfork to perform at their respective curated festivals.
Amor Fati – Washed Out
I’m just now getting into this kind of music. I find it incredibly relaxing. It’s the type of music playing at a dark LA club. Not much dancing just something cool and ambient to listen to as you fade into the night. I’m not really a “fade into the night kind of guy,” but hey if the tunes take you there I’m all for giving it a shot. With that said I love the synth work and the simplicity of the drums compliment the spaceyness of Mr. Greene’s voice.
You and I – Washed Out
I normally post the album cover at the top of the blog entry, but this time it’s here:
Ding Ding Ding. This is one of the sexiest album covers I have ever seen. Maybe move the dude out of the way, but hey we can’t win em’ all. I was going to bring this up earlier, but resisted. Then I saw the album cover and realized how sexy this music is. I don’t think I have ever said that before, but hey today’s a new day and these tunes are incredibly sexy. Like right out of a movie where the heroin is getting out of a pool with perfect hair (somehow) or the big reveal at the top of the stairs as she blows the room away kinda stuff. When my girlfriend get’s back from her trip I’ll throw this on and see what happens. I think it’s a safe bet she’d call me an idiot, turn it off and put on Katy Perry. Here’s the last track from Washed Out’s “Within and Without”.
Dedication – Washed Out
Washed out currently resides in Georgia and is also currently, and appropriately, on tour with Cut Copy making a stop in Los Angeles on Wednesday October 12. I think I might make my way down. See you there?
Here’s a fan made video for the song “Feel It All Around” which has been making a splash recently.
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC