NO.9 WASHED OUT – WITHIN AND WITHOUT
BUY | LOOK | METACRITIC
If 2011 was a year in which chillwave became a legitimate, if not mainstream genre, then Washed Out’s Ernest Greene must have been its poster boy. Sepia-toned images complemented the CV of a bedroom artist with a sound that was intertwined with those hazy, fuzzy images.
Throughout Within and Without woozy synths and blips stretch out over programmed beats and reverbed, airy vocals to create blissed-out dance grooves that are every bit as pop as they are chillwave.
Its artwork of lovers sprawling across the bedsheets supports the sensual aspect of Greene’s music – the sulphuric hue draws you in, mesmerising in it’s effectiveness of dizzying transportation to warmer climes. The pace never gallops, instead focussing on the sounds themselves – layers upon layers upon layers.
The essential chillwave album of 2011.