Washed Out-Paracosm (Full Album Stream)

If you’re a fan of chilled electronic/chillwave music and you aren’t excited for this album, you should look to donate your brain to medical science immediately. And your face.

The releases from the album have been considerably more summery and upbeat than the more wintery soundscapes of his Within and Without album, putting greater emphasis on creating positive, bright productions behind those trademark mellow vocals. Given that it’s only a 9-track album, I highly suspect that positivity is going to be the general theme of this LP, and when combined with the natural easygoing qualities of Washed Out’s work, that’s got plenty of potential to be a great accompaniment to your summer. Give the album a go below, and be sure to pick it up next Tuesday.

Washed Out-Paracosm (Stream)

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Washed Out-Don't Give Up (Video)

Having been a fan of the audio on its release a few weeks back, it’s good to see Washed Out return to his luscious soundscape with an equally exquisite video accompaniment.

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re watching Discovery or Nat Geo with this. It plays out like an advertisement for the greatest nature documentary of all-time, featuring slow-motion clips of some of the natural world’s most incredible sights, from free-roaming wild cats to vivid marine life, and adds masses of grandeur to an already-expansive production. It’s ever so simple, yet the rich depth of colour, slow-motion capture and the sheer biodiversity combines for a natural style that may be familiar in other forms of media, but is rarely executed in such fashion for music videos. His dreamy soundscape is a perfect fit for the spectacular scenes too, with the two combining well- the reflective, relaxing aura of the audio is an obvious fit for such visuals, with the brilliance and variety of the colours also helping to build on the track’s inherent mellowness by injecting flashes of intensity. A very enjoyable experience all-round, and don’t forget to grab his Paracosm album on 13th August.

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Washed Out-Don't Give Up

The second release from Washed Out’s upcoming Paracosm album, and it’s another good effort to add to the album’s first single.

As with that previous release, there’s a welcomed positivity running through this one, though unlike It All Feels Right, this leans heavier on the chillout side than on the upbeat electronic elements. There’s an overarching smoothness that contains the lively, clunky percussion, brought about by the combination of Washed Out’s vocals and the occasional burst of airy, atmospheric synths, making for a very easygoing listen without becoming boring or overly predictable. The track’s highlight is most certainly those relaxing vocals, with a consistency in delivery that retains the vibe of the song even when the more upbeat elements throw their weight around throughout the hook section; it’s a great use of vocals as a technical layer rather than a foreground attention-grabber, and hence rather than sounding distinct from the production, they add a good deal of depth into the overall soundscape.

Worth a listen for sure, and don’t forget to give that Paracosm album a go upon it’s release on 13th August.

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Washed Out-It All Feels Right

Along with Toro y Moi (and others, of course), Washed Out is viewed as one of the true purveyors of the chillwave sound, and certainly went some way to taking the genre to relative mainstream success with his popular Within and Without album in 2011. Parascosm, his second LP, is due out on 13th August, and we’re treated to a bright, summery single from that album, one that moves into a more positive state of mellow electronica.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have easygoing qualities of course. The guitar strums are rather gentle, the synth work is drifty and the vocals are distorted enough to sound like they’re coming at you from some kind of time-travelling transmitter; the combination is a rather retro feel, with the upbeat qualities of 70s pop but thrown together with a modern touch of electronic melancholy. The track’s generally scratchy nature helps further enhance the throwback qualities of the production, whilst the steady and sharp live percussion occasionally allows the track to break into the indie genre slightly- comparisons will rightly be drawn with some of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s recent works, and though this exhibits a little more electronic influence, that same hint of psychedelia is undeniably evident. An enjoyable listen, and it’ll be interesting to see if the rest of the album follows this retro pathway, or opts to keep switching things up.

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