Washed Out is a chillwave band fronted by Georgia, USA-based Ernest Greene since 2009. Largely credited to be the inventor of the genre, Washed Out remains a prolific factory for quality, grooving indie tunes. They generate the sounds of summer crushes, first kisses, late nights, sneaking out, and hot tears collecting under your neck. With remarkable consistency, Greene creates anthems of vocal harmony, stripped-down drum samples, windswept loops, and sultry synth lines all filtered through a blanket of dreamy haze. Starting as a solo bedroom computer project, Greene has since adopted more of a full-band approach to songwriting and performance, making for a robust, dynamic and well-rounded sound.
Over the last 4 years, Washed Out has released 2 stellar break-out EPs, 2009’s “High Times” and 2010’s “Life of Leisure”; he then signed to Sub Pop and delivered 2 solid LPs with 2011’s “Within and Without” and this year’s amazing “Paracosm”. Nearly every track would provide for a good starting point, but I’m particularly fond of his early works like “Belong” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv2ZWQqyX8w) and “New Theory” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v00RQms9QiM). Being friends with other similar artists like Toro y Moi and Small Black, you can also find various remixes and remakes of each other’s works by typing combinations of their names into YouTube. Lots of goodies to be found.
Favourite track: Weightless (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN67JHwFF_A)… Hurts so good.
[Aaaand while we’re at it, this song rules too: “You and I” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTQncC7LoFQ)… featuring the talented Caroline Polachek of Chairlift]