Multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, has been making music out of his home studio in Georgia for close to 10 years. His album Mister Mellow was released a few months ago on Stones Throw Records, accompanied by a visual album on DVD.
Conceived over the course of 2 years, Mister Mellow is intensely personal (Greene’s only collaborator was mix engineer Cole MGN) – but the ideas and observations found within the album speak to a much larger shared experience that is affecting an entire generation. The album was influenced by old classics as well as the experimental collage techniques of musique concrète. Styles as diverse as free jazz, house, hip-hop and psych are combined together to create a busy, chaotic mix.
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On the heels of his critically acclaimed debut LP Within and Without, 28-year-old multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, released a new single on November 7th for the track “Amor Fati”. It is available now through Weird World Music on limited edition 12″, which comes with a Washed Out tote bag, or as digital download.
Washed Out - Amor Fati
Washed Out - Call It Off
The releases includes a previously unheard Washed Out song from the Within and Without recording sessions entitled “Call It Off” and it also features remixes by Clams Casino and Au Revoir Simone.
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After releasing two EPs in a row in 2009 (Life of Leisure & High Times), Washed Out took a bit of time off to work on new material for his debut album. Well, judging by the quality of his last single, the break really paid off! “Eyes Be Closed”, the single posted a few weeks ago as a free download, retains Washed Out’s signature chillwave sound, with gently pulsing Balearic beats, synths galore and somber, filtered vocals.
Washed Out - Eyes Be Closed
Ernest Greene, the young multi-instrumentalist behind the project, has been making synth-based downtempo electronica out of his home studio in Perry, Georgia for barely two years but he’s already earned major accolades in the biz.
His songs have been featured on many major music blogs and even on some TV shows. There’s always a sense of longing and distance in his blurred sounds and this is probably make them so evocative and appealing to a wide audience. No wonder labels were lining up to sign him after he released his first EPs.
Now part of the Sub Pop’s impressive roster (the Seattle label is also home to acts such as Beach House, Foals and The Shins), Washed Out will release their highly anticipated debut album debut album Within and Without on July 12. To help you wait, here’s a cool track for you to play on repeat…
Washed Out feat. Caroline Polacheck - You and I
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