12 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Experimental hip-hop label Stones Throw might seem an unlikely home for Washed Out, the chillwave pioneer most famous for composing the Portlandia theme song. But it's a match made in heaven. Seemingly inspired by the L.A. imprint's spiritual godfather, J Dilla, Ernest Greene's retro-electronic production benefits from the addition of more vocal samples and acoustic instruments. The loungey vibes on "Floating By," in particular, pair nicely with his typically gauzy, distended vocals, and the album's visual accompaniment complements each track with trippy chopped-up footage. It's unmistakably still Washed Out, but the wider range of beats—from disco to dub—help elevate his sound to new places.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Experimental hip-hop label Stones Throw might seem an unlikely home for Washed Out, the chillwave pioneer most famous for composing the Portlandia theme song. But it's a match made in heaven. Seemingly inspired by the L.A. imprint's spiritual godfather, J Dilla, Ernest Greene's retro-electronic production benefits from the addition of more vocal samples and acoustic instruments. The loungey vibes on "Floating By," in particular, pair nicely with his typically gauzy, distended vocals, and the album's visual accompaniment complements each track with trippy chopped-up footage. It's unmistakably still Washed Out, but the wider range of beats—from disco to dub—help elevate his sound to new places.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Cameron9867 ,

Revolutionary

Wow. Ernest has done it again. Didn't think it could get any better than Paracosm but it did. This is more of an experience than an album, consisting of many moving bits and pieces. "Million Miles Away" would have to be my favorite though. A perfect end to a beautiful record.

Kwilcoxen ,

Different doesn't automatically mean bad

Yes the overall sound is different from paracosm, but I still really like the album. This album has personality and despite being a little short, I find myself listening more and more to it. It's strange, at first I didn't like it, but it grew on me. It's nice to see an artist change their style a little. Keeps things fresh.

JoeyMcDaniel ,

Evolution of Ernest

The first hints of the musical direction of Ernest Greene and Washed Out's new album had me in a quandary. The first two albums of chill wave was what I would describe as complex, melodic and "pretty". Great works to put on when you needed to chill with soft, pleasant tones. The new work that was teased to us on Instagram was chill, but had a decidedly harsher...more gritty sound to me. Well I've had it on repeat this morning and have probably given it 10 plays. I love the new album and change in direction. I think another Paracosm sounding album, which is what I thought I wanted, would have left me ultimately dissatisfied. Ernest....you have created another masterpiece in my opinion. What I would hope to see is a Deluxe Version with more tracks. This one at 12 tracks and only 30m of new material left me wanting more....MUCH MORE. Tour Memphis TN please!

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