Making the switch to being a vegetarian is one that both has it’s positives and negatives. Whilst you might not feel bad after eating a meal, the barrage of questions you have to face from people who are completely okay with eating a bacon butty about your choice are almost enough to make you want to jack it in altogether. However, the effects of their being an absence of animal flesh in a persons digestive system on their ability to make high quality music has never really been tested. Hackney’s Bon Accord seems to be of the opinion that it affects his output, given that he lists vegetarian as one of the genres of his music.
In truth, if taking to quorn always resulted in this level of excellence, there would be a glut of wannabe bedroom producers shunning sausages within the hour. Drawing on the swelling ambient movement as inspiration, Michael Wright (the man behind the moniker) creates expansive soundscapes that he decorates with distant, blissful vocals and the ear for a killer melody, usually dusted off with a light layer of fuzz. There are times where you can’t help but imagine this is what Washed Out is hoping his sophomore effort will turn out like, a mature take on the whole chillwave thing, confident, brave and without regret. Maybe it’s a trait he developed whilst batting off the millions of ‘do you think the cavemen would’ve not eaten meat?’ questions thrown his way. If this is proof of anything, we’ve certainly developed a lot more nuance since those days.