Washed Out is the trippy, electronica, twilight zone sounds of the 29 year old Georgia native, Ernest Greene.
After graduating from USC with a degree in library studies but failing to get hired as a librarian, Greene left the books on the shelf and embarked on a journey of musical discovery in his bedroom, like many indie artists of this time.
Washed Out falls under the distinctive genre “chillwave”, otherwise known as hazy, synthesized, and hip-hop inspired dance tunes.
Washed Out’s first EP, Life of Leisure (2010) showcased 5 songs and left followers craving for more. The following year, the full-length album, Within and Without, made its debut. This album was produced by Ben Allen who is noted for assisting Animal Collective on Merriweather Post Pavilion.
At the moment, I am mentally face palming myself for getting into Washed Out so late. Had I been digging around sooner, I would have been able to purchase tickets to his sold-out show at the Black Cat last month.
*End note: I recommend this artist to anyone who listens to Youth Lagoon.