Washed Out is the pseudonym of Ernst Greene, a Georgia electronic/indie pop musician. His music is commonly associated with the chillwave movement of 2010, along with artists such as Toro Y Moi and Neon Indian. Once the movement faded out, it seemed like demand for these type of artists, and the artists that were known for creating these types of music, were fading. Toro Y Moi’s most recent release was more of a change of pace, slightly turning away from the chillwave sound that dominated past releases. I was expecting sort of the same from Washed Out on this album, but the end product, to me, feels like familiar territory.
Greene continues to make great chillwave tunes on this record. most notably the title track and “Falling Back”. However, the lack of surprises really prevents me from truly enjoying this record. Washed Out has been doing this same style, with barely a change for three releases now. For me, I think it’s time for Washed Out to truly start experimenting with his sound. Consistency isn’t always a bad thing, but you can’t stay too same-y for too long.