Recently, I was out with my friends location scouting. Before we make lengthy trips, we always seriously consider the tunes we ride to as all adults should. I suggested we put musical fave of mine, Washed Out, on Pandora and see what happens. The rest is history.
Before I go any further, just listen to this.
Excuse my crassness but Washed Out fucking rocks.
Washed Out was born Ernest Greene and attended college to become a librarian. After graduating with a Masters and realizing such a job would be extremely difficult to find,Greene, probably out of shear boredom, started making beats in his bedroom and posting them on Myspace. Long story short, some choice music blogs found his music, gave him some much deserved publicity, and it became pretty clear to Mr. Greene that he had found a new career path.
In 2009, Washed Out released his first EP High Times which to some, might seem like a fitting name to some who only listen to his music in a specific way. The smooth instrumentation caught the eye of many a music nut. It was at this time Washed Out started performing live permanently cementing his new career as a musician.
Jump to 2010, Washed Out drops his second EP Life Of Leisure which is where I came in. In my very humble opinion, I feel this was Washed Out completely coming into his own. The Lush synths and hypnotic vocals were unlike anything I’d heard before and to this day I can’t go long without listening to a Life Of Leisure track. Some of you might even recognize the above track as the intro to Portlandia. Turns out Washed Out isn’t completely unsung, but then again, who even watches Portlandia?
In 2011 Washed Out released his first studio album Within and Without. To fans delight, the muffled vocals and smooth, borderline psychedelic, synths stayed intact. The moderate success of Within and Without on charts has lead to a noticeable rise in awareness, not mention, a spot a Lollapalooza, but still most people would not know who you’re talking about if you were to bring up Washed Out.
Hopefully as our generation slips more and more into the new age of electronic music, Washed Out will become more know. As a fan I’m just glad to do my part and give support.