In the modern era of music, where artists spend a lot of their time blogging, even more time on promo and a huge slice of it deciding where they stand on the online file-sharing debate, before finally deciding that there is no money in the industry anymore, there must be very few perks left in making music. Obviously, the joys of making your own sounds are universal, and something completely alien to anyone who writes a music blog, and getting the chance to play alongside some of your heroes at festivals etc. must be a real treat. However, if someone magically gave me some rhythm and a voice that was anything other than painful to listen to, my personal highlight would be checking my shoutbox on last.fm.
I’m not sure if Ernest Green, the young man behind Washed Out ever checks his, but he definitely should. Though he’s only got just over 11,000 listeners, the love/hate that this man attracts is somewhat bewildering. As far as the haters go, most of the comments have been deleted over time, so all you can read are echoes of bygone arguments, but it’s still quite brilliant. The music that Washed Out makes sounds like if Best Coast relocated to Ibiza for a summer – it’s dreamy, summery and distinctly balearic sounding, but not in a horrible 1998 way. There’s definitely an element of the chillout dance genre in there, somewhere, and it’s likely that the kind of people that listen to ‘Judge Jules Chillout Classics’ would listen to it. In fact, if you’re venturing to Ibiza for summer 2010, don’t be suprised to hear it there. But it’s not the same as all the other rubbish, and there are definitely some dreampop tinged moments in there, along with the usual shoegaze overtones. Quite why someone would want to call him a ‘douchecunt’ is beyond me, but the ‘music for faggots’/’music for rich kids’ comments are a little closer to home, but most definitely influenced by the positive pitchfork review Washed Out received.
These songs are also available from Washed Out’s last.fm page, hence the long, winding introduction. Oh, and thanks to Lilly Allen’s career for the opening sentence:
Washed Out – Lately mediafire
Washed Out – Get Up mediafire
Washed Out – New Theory mediafire