Washed Out has come a long way since hitting the chillwave scene back in 2009 with their popular track "Feel It All Around." Still, five years later, it's a quintessential throwback jam. Fast forwarding to the present, frontman singer/songwriter (and producer) Ernest Greene has established himself and his sound as one of the greatest bands to come out of the chillwave genre.
After have seen them perform numerous of times over the years, it wasn't until I saw them play at the prestigious Fillmore venue in San Francisco that they absolutely blew me away. I can't quite pinpoint what it was that made this performance so special; maybe it was the mere gratitude and honor to play at the Fillmore, maybe it was the production and lights that speckled the stage like a night sky, or maybe it was the vibe of the crowd, who knows. Whatever it was, the stars were aligned that night when Washed Out blessed the stage for well over an hour. Most of the set list was comprised from their newest albumParacosm, but with a few fan favorites added in.
The chillwave genre can often sound like the playback of an old and damaged tape that scratches and warps as the wheels go round, which might be difficult to express when played live. But fear not, Washed Out's live performance at the Fillmore was rich and full of emotion, indicative that their sound can translate above and beyond what you experience from their record. The guitar solo's from their second guitarist made for an nice touch as well. So, hopefully the next time Washed Out is around your neck of the woods, you will have much of the same experience that I had, and leave with a whole new appreciation for the band.
PS: "Great Escape" is one of my favorite tracks from new albumParacosm --enjoy.