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Washed Out

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Birthday: Oct 3, 1982

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Producer and multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene attracted a small but dedicated cult audience almost as soon as he started releasing material under the project name Washed Out. His blend of hip-hop-influenced beats and woozy electronic psychedelia was very much of-the-moment when his earliest efforts came out, fitting in alongside contemporaries like Toro y Moi and Neon Indian as part of the indie subgenre that was quickly dubbed "chillwave." But Greene's talent for pop songwriting and production made Washed Out of the few chillwave acts to reach a wider audience. Greene started Washed Out when he moved back into his parents' suburban Georgia home after he found it difficult to land a job with his master's degree in library science from the University of Georgia. Recorded in his childhood bedroom, his first EP, High Times (2009), came out in a cassette-only limited edition of 200 copies. The follow-up, Life of Leisure (2010), was released by the influential New York label Mexican Summer. An instant critical success, the EP expanded beyond its initial cult audience when its best song, "Feel It All Around," became the haunting theme to Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's sketch comedy series "Portlandia" (IFC 2011- ). Signing to Sub Pop Records, Greene made his mainstream bow with his first full-length release, Within and Without (2011). Receiving uniformly positive reviews, the album was also a strong seller, reaching 26 on the Billboard Top 200. Its follow-up, Paracosm (2013), did even better, debuting in the charts at 21. Released as the chillwave genre was going out of favor, the album found Greene collaborating more frequently with other musicians.



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