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Within And Without by Washed Out
Released: Jul 2011
Label: Sub Pop Records
Washed Out's full-length debut opens with a wash of synths that ebb and flow like an ocean dependent on electricity. This leisurely rhythm is the basis for main man Ernest Greene's chillwave aesthetic, which draws from '80s ambient music with its layers of soft beats and drones that echo nature at peace. Greene's stoic murmurs merely act as a parallel force, floating along like a fish swimming with the current. "Amor Fati" is the liveliest track of the bunch, and possibly the best, but the whole mix, produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), is as smooth and steady as the sea.
Stephanie Benson
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