Breaking: Washed Out

September 23rd, 2009 by Kevin O'Donnell Leave a reply »

Who: Washed Out is the one-man dream-pop project from Ernest Greene, a 26-year-old Southerner who lives in the low-key town of Perry, Georgia. “It’s as rural as you can get,” says Greene. “Not much goes on around here.”

Sounds Like: Greene crafts impossibly gorgeous pop that mixes up woozy synthesizers, droney shoegaze textures and funky, sometimes danceable beats. Greene has only released one 12-inch and a cassette on small independent labels but he’s already getting solid buzz in the music blogosphere, thanks to killer tunes like “You’ll See It,” which evokes French synth-pop group M83 and “Feel It All Around,” which features soaring, angelic vocal chorales. (Cool fact: Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould is a big fan and was spinning Washed Out tracks during his DJ set at this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival).

For the most part, it’s almost impossible to understand what Greene is singing about — and that’s just the way he likes it. “I’m getting more confident in putting my vocals up front,” he says. “Maybe in the future you’ll be able to understand what I’m saying. I’m going more for an atmospheric vibe in my songs. And I really don’t want to ruin the illusions people may create for themselves.”

Vital Stats:

• Like so many recent college grads facing a tough economy, Greene’s job prospects were pretty discouraging since he scored his degree from the University of Georgia. Now, he currently lives at home with his folks. “I was totally stuck,” he says of graduating from school. To escape his dim prospects, he crafted comforting tunes like “You’ll See It,” which, Greene admits, “helped me feel my way through the high times...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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