“Within and Without” (Domino)
Ernest Greenのソロ・プロジェクト、Washed Outの傑作ファーストアルバム”Within And Without”から。
Washed Out is in fact a rather eccentric pseudonym for a single person, Ernest Green, an American composer, producer and electro enthusiast whose first album, Within And Without, came out in 2011 and promptly attracted much attention and critical plaudits.
Born in 1983 in the small rural town of Perry in the heart of Georgia, USA, Ernest Greene learned piano from the age of 5 and then cheerfully quit on reaching adolescence. He subsequently immersed himself in urban culture, especially hip hop. At the age of 18 he moved first to Atlanta, then to Columbia, South Carolina.
Gradually, over the years, Greene rediscovered the piano, and at the age of 26 he retreated to his parents’ home in Perry and got down to songwriting. The results emerged on the Life Of Leisure EP, to general acclaim from internet surfers everywhere. The following year he worked with the group Small Black on the single “Split”, and his second EP, High Times, met with an equally enthusiastic critical response as the first. By now the public was beginning to take a shine to this young man, with his hallmark blend of ethereal melodies, electronic music, smooth singing and clever pop touches aplenty. Washed Out was being ranked alongside the likes of Small Black, Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, Memory Tapes or Panda Bear as a purveyor of the new electro indie genre known as chillwave, a movement incorporating elements of alternative pop, shoegaze, new wave and ambient.
Early 2011 brought a turning point in Ernest Greene’s career when he was signed to the legendary Sub Pop label. He set to work with producer Ben Allen, known for his work with experimental group Animal Collective and pop duo Gnarls Barkley. In the summer of 2011 this collaboration yielded Within And Without, an album that showcases the dreamy electro-pop of Washed Out in all its glory.