Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Washed Out - "Within And Without"

Washed Out, the project of drowsy dance-pop connoisseur Ernest Greene makes his Sub Pop debut with the debut album Within And Without today. The new album produced and mixed by Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley) features much more polished and tighter production than the previous two EPs and that was to be expected, but the almost-lost-in-the-mix vocals and blurry, amorphous synths and atmospherics still remain sounding like a blissfully hypnotic soundtrack to a daydream.

The album opens with “Eyes Be Closed”, retro-fit with 80’s-inspired synths and tumbling roto-toms along with a moaning, yearning vocal. The moody “Echoes” follows with washes of trance-inducing, warbling synths and clashing drums. The single, “Amor Fati” features effervescent synths and one of the album’s catchiest vocal melodies. And “Far Away” stands out with its haunting cello and scraping beat. Another standout, “Before”, features a trip-hop beat containing a sampled vocal and stuttering synths with Ernest’s liquid vocals. Caroline Polachek of Chairlift lent her vocal talents to the woozy “You And I” and also co-wrote the track. And “A Dedication” closes out the nine-track album with a fractured keyboard riff over top of glimmering synths and Green’s clearest vocals on the album.

Some fans may have a hard time adjusting to the cleaner production but Within And Without is filled with enough beauty and danceable grooves to satisfy fans new and old.

Download "Amor Fati" here: http://assets4.subpop.com/assets/audio/9618.mp3

For more info click here: www.facebook.com/washed.out and http://www.subpop.com/ and http://ernestgreene.blogspot.com/


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