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Washed Out

Paracosm (Sub Pop)

Reviewed by Luke Winkie, Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

Washed Out

Washed Out

Paracosm (Sub Pop)

Ernest Greene seems like a pretty happy guy. He's married, never felt the need to leave Georgia, and he's signed to Sub Pop. Washed Out doesn't need to prove much to anyone anymore, and maybe that's why Paracosm stands as an especially blissful outing in an already winsome career. He's ditched most of the lo-fi compression defining his earliest songs, stocking the studio with drums and guitars. The results are a Technicolor Washed Out. Greene titles these tracks for the easy vibes they invoke. Cascading synth? "Weightless." Old friends? "It All Feels Right." Back when Washed Out was called a chillwave project, it was hard to envision its pedigree stretching into 2013, but Greene now lays claim to two great albums and an equal EP. Not bad. (Sunday, 4:30pm, Orange stage)

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