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SXSW Band of the Day: Washed Out

Eric Webb

Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 7, 2014

Artist: Washed Out

From: Athens, Ga.; official SXSW artist page

SXSW showcase: Friday, March 14, 12:30 a.m. at Bar 96 and 7 p.m. at Butler Park; Friday Saturday, March 15, 1 a.m. at Hype Hotel


Sub Pop recording artist Ernest Greene has become synonymous with chillwave. His 2011 debut “Within and Without” crowned him the reigning champ of kaleidoscopic dream-pop to melt into. Last year’s follow-up, “Paracosm,” lies in a self-contained world of romantic island adventure.

The album, which landed at No. 23 on Austin360’s 50 Best Albums of 2013, explores the idea of escape both lyrically and musically (using more than 50 instruments, including Greene’s signature synths). On the could-be-from-the-Clinton-era “All I Know,” straightforward alt instrumentals float with post-punk purpose through a fog of synths to their destination. The warm, cozy haze that signifies a Washed Out song is as enveloping as ever on “Paracosm,” but there’s a newfound purpose to Greene’s reveries.

There’s many similar acts playing SXSW 2014, but Greene should be at the top of your list. Luckily, in a great electronic one-two punch, Washed Out opens for Foster the People at the Butler Park free show on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

Sounds familiar: Washed Out’s song “Feel It All Around” serves as the opening theme music to Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s “Portlandia.”

Could share a bill with: Small Black, Brothertiger, Toro y Moi, Neon Indian