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A Washed Out Dance Party at Terminal 5

September 19th, 2013

Washed Out – Terminal 5 – September 18, 2013

As New York City cools down from summer and its venues make the busy transition to their packed fall lineups of big-name acts, some shows always seem to stand out as signposts of the changing season. That was certainly the case when Ernest Greene brought the laid-back synth pop of Washed Out to Terminal 5 last night. For more than an hour, the man who started messing with dance music in his Georgia home four years ago showed why he quickly became such a seemingly overnight Internet musical sensation with his older work, while backing it all up with some great new material. Playing what Greene said was the biggest headlining act he’d ever had, he helped treat the packed-tight venue to a true mid-week dance party.

Over the years, the one-man chillwave band has grown his live act to five members, which is always a welcome thing to see—and hear. With the addition of a full drum kit, a dedicated keyboard player and even some occasional upright bass, the songs sounded just as (if not more) lush and dense as they do on Greene’s records. The band truly amplified songs like “Eyes Be Closed,” the opening track on Within and Without, which closed the set, and his newer tunes, like “All I Know,” off of this year’s Paracosm. Unlike plenty of bashful electronic-skewing artists, Greene was back on the microphone between songs, chatting and keeping the crowd’s good buzz going while he bounced around his short discography. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com


More Than Just a Genre

July 12th, 2011

Washed Out – The Bowery Ballroom – July 11, 2011

Ernest Greene of Washed Out had already defeated more than the odds when he took the stage at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom on Monday night. As a part of the chillwave explosion of 2009, Greene immediately made a name for himself with an excellent EP and at least one transcendent remix of Small Black’s “Despicable Dogs.” However, pursuant to any excellence in a narrow vein, the question was never was Washed Out good? It was would Washed Out last? In this way Greene was the greatest deflector: a Sub Pop deal and an excellent LP in stores, proof that genre labeling was as curly and foppish as his haircut. Washed Out, a project that came to define, if not necessarily completely encapsulate a genre, had become more than that.

Greene played a mixture of old and new material, perhaps resisting the urge to play all the songs of his recent and critically acclaimed debut LP, Within and Without. Its sexual cover art aside, fans were treated to the album’s best track, “Amor Fati,” late in the set, the kind of slow build that both reflected and didn’t entirely embrace the found-art projections retreating behind the band and up into the rafters. This took place between the antihistamine version of older single “Feel It All Around” and the encore, “Eyes Be Closed.” It was the kind of thing that could easily be taking place in a Ridgewood, N.J., factory loft, but instead, Greene clapped his audience into rhythm, played his delicate creations against an arty backdrop and, perhaps, reflected on how talented you need to be to transcend a passing fad. And, with that, he retreated backstage. —Geoff Nelson