I’ve been listening to this album nonstop for about two weeks now. I don’t even know where to begin to describe it, because the terms like “chill wave” and “synth pop” just sound overused and clinical. Plus, if I heard it described that way, it wouldn’t appeal to me – it’s not the type of music I normally listen to. With the album “Within and Without,” Washed Out (AKA Ernest Greene) creates a feeling that isn’t quite tangible. It’s like the music in the background at a party when you’re kissing a boy you really like, or in the car when you’re driving with your closest friends and the windows are down and your hair is blowing in your face. The music sets a lofty mood and if you listen to the lyrics they’re incredibly relatable and uplifting.
Quite simply, it’s like the musical version of that feeling you get when you stop yourself and realize you’re completely happy and content – it’s a fleeting feeling and it doesn’t happen often enough, but at least with Washed Out you can put it on repeat. Listen to some of my favorites below and let me know what you think.
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