In the opening moments of Paracosm, Washed Out's second proper full-length, we hear the light, sparse notes of what sounds like vibraphone played to a chorus of chirping birds. We wait patiently until the notes of a harp amplify that small pastoral scene into a lush landscape. The rest of the album makes good on that initial promise: A rich, orchestral pop album. I doubt that anyone, Ernest Greene included, could have predicted that Washed Out would ever make a record like this.
At the time that I wrote a CL cover story about Ernest Greene in 2010, he was a poster boy for a faddish blog trend called chillwave and little else. His tracks, which had been largely circulated through MySpace and a few now-defunct blogs, showed a strong ear for mood and lo-fi, laptop style without being distinctly musical. Even he seemed to act like his success wouldn't last much longer than fifteen minutes.
Paracosm is something entirely different - an album of pastoral pop music that occasionally even ventures toward the major key ballads that make distinctly uncool bands like Coldplay popular. His voice is still a little too flat to be that kind of mainstream artist, but his skills as a musician have grown leaps and bounds. He still has an ear for moody, laptop soundscapes that puts him in company of groups like M83 (the birds sounds that open the album seem to be an explicit reference to Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts), but the songs here seem to draw from lightly psychedelic traditions that date back to the Beatles. If he keeps making albums like this, Greene will surely stick around much longer than his fifteen minutes.
Killin it. So damn sexy
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…