I remember the first time hearing Washed Out a few years back, it was just before a road trip to NYC to see a few friends and check out a few of the events being thrown by Warp Records for their, I believe, 20th anniversary. Someone had shared his first EP, Life of leisure, with me and I was immediately hooked on its dreamy sun drenched grooves with a distinct lo-fi pop sentimentality. The EP is the reason the term ‘chill wave’ exists after a journalist coined the phrase to describe it’s sound. The newly discovered sub genera quickly grew to be mimicked and expanded up on over the years since its release.
His follow up to that EP was his first full length and while it lacked some of the original lo-fi charm I warmed up to it quickly and it ended up being another one of my favorites. Enter his newest release, Paracosm. Upon first listen I knew it would end up getting a lot of playtime as the rest of the summer heats up and moves out. He has moved away from his humble bedroom production roots at this point for sure, but the music still holds true to his trademark dream pop appeal. Layers upon layers of warm synths and meandering vocal melodies drive the music forward among his usual head nodding rhythms. It’s great to hear that he has yet to run out of steam and I easily recommend you check it out for yourself. This vinyl edition is in a gorgeous deep purple which I have included a second image of beyond the read more link. It’s the perfect album for the end of the summer. Take a day off, hop in your car, windows down, put Paracosm on the stereo, and get lost.