Washed Out - Within And Without

The sound of bliss
Washed Out - Within And Without
Washed Out is Atlanta-born Ernest Greene, whose 2009 ‘Life Of Leisure’ EP lit up the blogosphere. His debut album, produced by Ben Allen ofAnimal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ fame, is a wondrous epiphany of solar dream-pop. Greene’s stream-of-consciousness vocal floats above textured synth lines on the languorous, pulsing incantation of ‘Amor Fati’. ‘Far Away’ is just that - a stellar mind-melt with a psychotropic melody levitating above mournful strings and twinkling bells. This is a post-rave sunrise soundtrack for lazy days and heady nights. Yep, it’s been done before - but rarely as beautifully as ‘Within And Without’. The sound of bliss.

8/10

Words by JOHN FREEMAN

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