Washed Out

We’ve already heard “Don’t Give Up” and “It All Feels Right,” but now you can hear all of Washed Out’s Paracosm and start wrapping your head around what Ernest Greene has been working on for the last year. It’s a gorgeous, massively orchestrated record, and really feels like the killing blow to the original image of Greene as someone making simple, sweet chillwave tunes on a laptop in his bedroom. The best parts of the album though, such as “Great Escape,” blend the two aspects of his career in a way that he really hasn’t been able to pull off this well before. If you can’t already tell from the thickness of the sound and general lushness, the record was produced by Ben H. Allen who (in addition to helming Youth Lagoon’s Wondrous Bughouse) has become the go-to guy in the last couple year to help a lot of bands produce their best work. Check it out on iTunes.

Paracosm is out next week on Sub Pop

Comments (7)
  1. Gave this album another listen last night while watching Jungles on Planet Earth.

    I HIGHly recommend it to everyone once they get some spare time and a copy of this album on your hands. That “Don’t Give Up” video was as big a hint of any as to how well it ended up syncing together.

    I love how all the songs transition into one another. Maybe touring with Cut Copy had some influence?

  2. S’gum,
    How come this morning you were pointing to the stream at http://exclaim.ca/MusicVideo/ClickHear/washed_out-paracosm_album_stream (which is just a Soundcloud embed) and now, you’re linking to iTunes? Is there some corporate weight throwing going around?

    A concerned friend,

  3. You’re right, Scott. But it did work for a while (I heard the whole album here in Brooklyn). Then they figured us out!

    Sorry for the cahoots accusation, even though it was lighthearted. ;-)

    You can now upvote me back to a 0 balance, people…that shit was streaming nice for a while.

  4. I really like it! I especially loved the dub influences in some of the tracks, particularly the final track “Pull You Down.”

    But… I brought home a vinyl copy last night (I have my connections) and realized Pull You Down is an iTunes only bonus track…what the hell?? That was one of my favorites on the thing! Sonuva

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