I can specifically remember when I first started getting into the genre known as “chillwave,” and it started with Washed Out‘s Life of Leisure EP released in 2010. I recall hearing the blurry, faded noises of “Feel It All Around” and feeling hypnotized by the slowed-out, filtered vocals; it was unlike anything I had heard before and the EP continued to grow on me with every listen. Now it’s 2013, and that genre encompasses much more than the style of music that acts like Washed Out and Neon Indian were making, where each new release seems to add more elements and expand the limitations of the music that can be made. Washed Out‘s first full-length, Within and Without, added layers of instruments over the bedroom-produced beats of his EP’s, and the complexity was definitely a step in the right direction.
His sophomore album, Paracosm, promises to take the features added on his debut album and expand them even more, with over 50 different instruments being used on the album. The first single shared from the album is “It All Feels Right,” and while Ernest Greene often cites hip-hop as his biggest influence when writing, it is evident that he has listened to Tame Impala‘s Lonerism and Youth Lagoon‘s Wondrous Bughouse for inspiration this time around. Like Youth Lagoon, Washed Out is exploring where his musical style can go when he is not restricted by the limitations of a certain genre or style- both artists just want to make original, interesting music that still manages to be accessible and catchy. The instrumentation on the new single is bigger than we’ve ever seen from him, but you will still find yourself humming along to the tune of the chorus as you’re walking to the pool on a warm summer day. Judging by the first song, the new album from Ernest Greene (coming this August) will be unlike anything we’ve heard from him in the past, but it will still undeniably be Washed Out.