Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How Washed Out became the poster boy of electro’s chillwave movement

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click to enlarge CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Washed Out played seven shows and one DJ set during his SXSW sojourn last week.
  • CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Washed Out played seven shows and one DJ set during his SXSW sojourn last week.

In June of 2009, Ernest Greene moved in with his parents. He was an unemployed, 26-year-old college graduate holding a degree in library sciences. With the economy in the crapper, looking for a library job while trying to save money for a wedding was turning out to be harder than he expected.

Greene's parents live in a house a few miles outside of Perry, Ga., set among seemingly endless rows of peach trees. As the summer heat blazed outside, he focused on e-mailing resumes to prospective employers and looking for leads on job openings. Late at night after his parents went to sleep, Greene would stay up in his bedroom recording tracks of distorted synthesizers and programming beats on his laptop. He would play back the tunes on a pair of headphones, the house otherwise quiet and his hopes slowly sinking.

"I don't think it's an exciting thing to move back in with your parents," Greene says during a phone interview he managed to squeeze in while hanging out backstage at one of his recent shows. "It wasn't exactly depression, but it was some level of failure that I was dealing with. The melodies, those lyrics, they're reminding myself to remain positive. I really didn't have much going for me."

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