Within and Without, arrived on Sub Pop in 2011. Houston rap star Travis Scott is tuned to Washed Out’s vibe, sampling Within and Without’s “You and I” on 2016 LP Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight. After moving to the prestigious, eclectic L.A. label Stone’s Throw, this year Washed Out released Mister Mellow, a visual album that pairs a series of impressionistic short films with Greene’s signature suspended-animation hip-hop, a beat-backed sound collage of acid jazz, house, soft disco and dub over disembodied, listless vocals.
Modern life, according to the authors of Washed Out’s latest official bio, “can be overblown and over-dramatized to the point of absurdity.” Enter Ernest Greene, electronica artist whose lo-fi, somnambulent productions help the outside world melt away, often with the help of headphones and certain mind-numbing controlled substances. Some folks call it chillwave, others just enjoy its more pharmaceutical qualities; either way, Greene has been in the vanguard since before Washed Out’s debut LP,