A few weeks ago, Washed Out released the lyrics video for “It All Feels Right,” off his upcoming album, Paracosm. This week, Greene released yet another song from the album called “Don’t Give Up.” On this new track, Washed Out sounds a lot more upbeat than usual, with a fast-paced melody and an tropical rhythm section, this could almost be a dance number. Check out the lyric video below and be sure to catch Washed Out at Union Transfer September 19th.
The summer of 2011 brought about one of the shortest lived events in music history: The Summer of Chillwave. Groups like Small Black, Toro y Moi and Washed Out released albums of relaxed, droning, electronic music perfect for laying down on a beach in the summer heat and just losing yourself. But it seems as though many musicians weren’t content to simply be labeled “chillwave” and, as these groups begin to release their sophomore albums, their sound seems to have changed over the past few years. Earnest Greene of Washed Out is no exception. After releasing his gorgeous debut album Within and Without in 2011, Greene is finally ready to release his follow-up titled, Paracosm and it seems like his sound has evolved in the past few years. In order to ditch the chillwave label, this new album is filled with many new instruments and sounds, though thankfully it still features the smooth voice of Greene. Yesterday, Greene released the first single, “It All Feels Right” from the album, along with a lyric video. The sunny new song features layers and layers of sound unlike any of Washed Out’s previous work. Sounding closer to a remix of The Beatles circa Revolver than previous Washed Out music, the new single is just as beautiful and warm as any of his previous work. Check out the video below and be sure to catch Washed Out when he stops by Philly September 19th at Union Transfer.
Pitchfork recently posted a new single by San-Diego-based chillwave act TV Girl that caught our attention. (More on why in just a moment.)
Of course, it was only last October that chillwave champion Neon Indian turned more than a few heads with the release of its debut LP, Psychic Chasms. One of those heads (or many of them—depending on whether you view the music website as a singular entity or a mythical, multiple-headed beast along the lines of a Hydra*) belonged to Pitchfork, which placed the track “Deadbeat Summer” at No. 13 in its Top 100 Tracks Of 2009 list. “Deadbeat Summer,” as you might recall, kicks off with an unmistakable sample from Todd Rundgren’s 1974 song, “Izzat Love”—which only added more fuel to the “Are sample-based songs real music or cheap rip-offs from uncreative hacks?” fire.
Frankly, we’re not very interested in getting into that debate right now, mostly because we’re too busy listening to this TV Girl single (“If You Want It”), which—you guessed it—features yet another sample from the Upper-Darby-born Todd Rundgren. This time, it’s his classic 1968 song “Hello It’s Me,” whose opening riff pretty much serves as the basis for the entire TV Girl track. Now, we aren’t going to question why certain songs from the soft-rock-side of Rundgren’s career are so appealing to the current crop of chillwave bands out there—because, honestly, it makes total sense to us. What we do want to know, however, is which Rundgren-inspired song will be the chillwave hit of October 2011? (Assuming the genre is still around a year from now, which we don’t expect it to be.)
*Ed note: But wait, even if a Hydra has multiple heads—each capable of independent thought—doesn’t the hive-minded beast still count as one singular entity? (It must, seeing as how we called it “a beast” and not “beasts”.) More importantly, what would a Hydra think of chillwave bands using Todd Rundgren samples?