Washed Out
Within and Without


3.0
good

Review

by Adriana/Reverse Perpendiculars USER (25 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2011 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A soothing mesh of dream and synthpop, consisting of a singer, his computer and a deeply instilled 80's pop inspiration.

Call it a summer hit or a unique musical fashion, or even another progeny of the synthesizer: Chillwave, or “Glo-Fi,” is a controversial genre creeping in-between the pop, indie and electronic scenes with increased Internet hype. Described as “electro-pop from the 1980s…recession-era music [that’s] low-budget and danceable" by New York Times' Jon Pareles, its controversy stems to the fact that doesn't actually exist yet. Ernest Greene is more or les"s the first to attempt this sound, taking it even more intimately into the bedroom with Within and Without."

What we have here is Greene’s first LP, a modern mesh of synth-pop consisting of a singer and his trusty computer, filled with ambiance and experimental trance-like beats inspired by various aspects of eighties music. The ‘chill’ in "Chillwave" doesn’t seem to fit much at first, and feels more like romantic music to doze off to before hitting the sack. There's the relaxing “Eyes Be Closed,” and a darker dance beat of “Echoes," and the moody ear-candy to "Far Away" that showcases Greene's decorous vocals, allowing the music to flourish across his relaxed landscapes. And even more important is the improvement in production in comparison to the cassette-sound of his EP's High Times and Life of Leisure. As is Washed Out's modus operandi, everything is carefully crafted to polish any blemish with a calm and collected approach. Only a few areas are hard to grasp, like the tambourine led psychedelic approach of “Amor Fati” or the track "Before," bearing the most similarity to his older work, and sure to be either a favorite with older listeners or the odd child of the album to new listeners. “You and I” takes the most powerful hit combining back and forth vocals with him and guest singer "Caroline Polachek." The ending is a reminiscent and lost love tuned finale “A Dedication."

Nearly every moment is as good as its last, and every melodies is captivating, even if the tempo is sharply downplayed from High Times and much more relationship and settling-down themed than the partyesque Life of Leisure. Things here are more sincere, moody and lacking progressing beats. With most songs here structured around a piano theme or a synthesized vibe, his voice never stands out as it did before. It’s not an aimed album in any form, but it creates a perfect foundation for other artists to gain inspiration from, and while the genre is still in its soft, harmless infant stage, it could –in the near future- become the new conventional pop trend.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Parallels
August 3rd 2011


7894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My thanks to Deviant, who helped me clean up a messy review.

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bloc
August 3rd 2011


35687 Comments


Album's pretty good

conradtao
Emeritus
August 3rd 2011


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh, hey, this review got so much better! Pos. Still don't like this album, although the tracks are very shuffle-friendly.

cvlts
August 3rd 2011


9192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like this album but it's a little bland. good stuff, brah

WashboardSuds
August 3rd 2011


5077 Comments


I liked Life of Leisure but I've been skeptical about getting this

Parallels
August 3rd 2011


7894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks bro-skis

Jethro42
August 3rd 2011


13118 Comments


You are a very good writer, sir.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2011


32092 Comments


O hai!

Jacquelyn
August 6th 2011


33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. You seem to have a better perspective on it.

foxblood
August 8th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review. i don't like how over-produced this album is, but it's good. this didn't captivate me the way life of leisure did, maybe because the genre style is not as fresh as it was when that came out. i don't think this has enough substance to it to be more than a 3/5 record really

gilmoregirls
August 8th 2011


190 Comments


sounds like remixes of coldplay songs

gilmoregirls
August 8th 2011


190 Comments


before is the only good track

album version of you and i is awful

Parallels
August 9th 2011


7894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

before is the worst track imho



you and I has some wonderful female vocals

psykonaut
August 9th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah before is the best

Parallels
August 9th 2011


7894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lies lol



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