Washed Out - Paracosm - Chillwave Downtempo Indie Synth LP
Paracosm - Washed Out
Label: Sub Pop SP 1055, Sub Pop SP 1059
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album,
sticker says colored vinyl
Released: 13 Aug 2013
Style: Downtempo, Synth-pop
A2 It All Feels Right
A3 Don't Give Up
A5 All I Know
B1 Great Escape
B3 Falling Back
B4 All Over Now
Ernest Greene's second album opens with the very un-synthetic sound of birds chirping. Heavy-handed point made: The chillwave pioneer has woken up and gone organic on Paracosm, trading the sexy wooze-outs of his 2011 debut for slightly brighter, more pastoral vibes.
Greene's meticulous creations are still slow-rolling and thickly layered, but this time he and returning Animal Collective producer Ben Allen slather on less futuristic sounds: Mellotron, bongos, children laughing. Harplike arpeggios herald the beginning of the title track like the launch of a Technicolor reverie, but the nine-song LP's dreamiest tune is "All I Know," a nostalgic stunner that glows like a jar of fireflies.
The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, and on his second full-length, Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike, otherworldly atmospheres of his music a huge leap further.
The title refers to a phenomenon in which people create detailed imaginary worlds, and the idea of escaping is all over Paracosms music and lyrics. Paracosm finds Greene reaching beyond the computers and synths that filled Washed Outs previous recordings, expanding his sonic palette to include over 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan.
Ive grown as a songwriter to the point where I want to have more involved arrangements, and thats really hard to do with sampling, says Greene. These machines were kind of a happy medium: The sounds have a very worn, distressed quality about them, much like an old sample. But they also offer much more flexibility because theyre playable.
Following two years on the road in support of the critically-acclaimed Within And Without, and the lauded Life Of Leisure EP (which can still be heard during Portlandias opening credits), he and his wife, Blair (who plays in the Washed Out live band), relocated from the big-city hubbub of Atlanta to a house outside Athens, where Greene could shut out the real world in favor of an alternate universe of his own making. Listeners will be immediately struck by Paracosms seamless melding of organic and synthetic sounds, and its lighter tone. Greene says: I knew from the beginning I wanted this record to be optimistic, very much a daytime-sounding album. I think the last record felt more nocturnal in some ways. This one I just imagined being outside, surrounded by a beautiful, natural environment.
With its gorgeous execution and uplifting attitude, Paracosm is primed to be this years summer record. And it promises to do what its name suggests: take listeners to a better world.
Washed Out - All Over Now
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Washed Out - It All Feels Right
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Washed Out - Paracosm OFFICIAL ALBUM TRAILER
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