New album, Mister Mellow, is out now via Stones Throw Records.
There’s no way I could describe Washed Out’s music better than the description on his Facebook page. Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from Georgia (via South Carolina) who makes bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard. I spoke to Ernest about the irony of creating flawed, human music with computers and why it is important to him to continue to progress and develop as an artist.
Quick fix, throwaway music culture
“I’m jealous of songwriters who can create characters and alternative universes”
Combating working alone/perspective
Tricks to step outside of the process
Plunderphonics / musique concrete
An album of music as an entity
Has to be tangibly made
Worries of audience rejection
“I have a hard time doing the same thing over and over”