Ernest Greene is kind of like the electronic version of Justin Vernon. While Vernon retreated to the woods to record his first record as Bon Iver, Ernest Green took to his bedroom in his parents’ house to record Life of Leisure, his first EP as Washed Out. As you can tell by the title of that EP, Greene is into just chilling. And putting out synth on top of synth vibes that make for a perfect summer listen.
He is back with his first LP release, titled Within and Without (which will be officially released July 12 on Sub Pop). NPR has the record streaming, and if you are just relaxing in a backyard or stoop this summer, it is the perfect thing to throw on. Here’s what NPR had to say about this release compared to Life of Leisure and Washed Out’s other EP High Times:
For all of the leaps forward that Greene has taken on Within and Without, it’s still unmistakably his work — all of the changes here are just iterations of his established sound. At the core of Washed Out is a push and pull between electronic dance music and pop music, between songs based on slowly shifting and building textures and those built on a more traditional verse-chorus-verse structure.
Washed Out is playing a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom on July 11 with Grimes and Blood Orange.