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We are thrilled to announce Washed Out’s autumn show at the Oval Space.
The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, but for his second full-length, he’s taken the idea of letting your mind wander to another state a huge leap further. On ‘Paracosm’, due out Aug. 13 on Sub Pop, the Georgia-based musician explores the album’s namesake phenomenon, where people create detailed imaginary worlds. The concept has been used to describe fantasy lands like Tolkien’s ‘Middle Earth’ and C.S. Lewis’ ‘Narnia’, and it’s at the heart of the 2004 documentary ‘In The Realms Of The Unreal’ about outsider artist Henry Darger.
Listeners will be immediately struck by ‘Paracosm’s seamless melding of organic and synthetic sounds, which are related to Washed Out’s past but also find Greene redefining his trademark dreaminess. (The songs themselves are also seamless, connected in such a way that they tell a linear sonic story.) The live drums, bass, and guitar recorded at Allen’s Maze Studios help take the new material to another level specifically a place where, despite the vintage instruments and Greene’s throwback tendencies, everything feels like it was made right here and now. It also has a more human quality to it than most people are probably used to hearing on an electronic album.
With its gorgeous execution and uplifting attitude, ‘Paracosm’ is primed to be this year’s summer record that gets you through the winter. And it promises to do what its name suggests: Take listeners to another, better, world.
Support comes from EYOE and Field Day favourite Amateur Best.