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.
The idea of escaping is all over Paracosm’s lyrics, and it’s also the main thrust behind the music, which finds Greene distancing himself from the modes and methods that informed Washed Out’s previous recordings. No, he hasn’t thrown away his computer or synths, but Greene made a conscious decision to expand his sonic palette, which resulted in the employment of more than 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan. Designed during the middle of last century and made up of prerecorded sounds with individual notes sampled for each key of the chromatic scale (the flute sound in The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” is a well-known example of the Mellotron in action), these relics allowed Greene to use his sampling expertise while also offering the flexibility to explore new creative avenues.
“I’ve grown as a songwriter to the point where I want to have more involved arrangements, and that’s really hard to do with sampling,” says Greene. "These machines were kind of a happy medium: The sounds have a very worn,…
The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, and on his second full-length, Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike, otherworldly atmospheres of his…
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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey CA
Sunday, August 25, 2013
F Yeah Fest, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle WA
Monday, September 2, 2013
Club 9one9, Victoria BC
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver Canada
Thursday, September 5, 2013
W.O.W. Hall, Eugene OR
Friday, September 6, 2013
Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Cesar Chavez Park, Sacramento CA
Launch Music Festival!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Fox Theater (CO), Boulder CO
Thursday, September 12, 2013
First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Friday, September 13, 2013
Metro, Chicago IL
- Promo Photo - Photo Credit: Shae DeTar
- Bio - Paracosm