Washed Out - Notes from a Quiet Life (Levitation Edition) PRE-ORDER
Washed Out - Notes from a Quiet Life (Levitation Edition) PRE-ORDER
Washed Out - Notes from a Quiet Life (Levitation Edition) PRE-ORDER
Washed Out - Notes from a Quiet Life (Levitation Edition) PRE-ORDER

Washed Out - Notes from a Quiet Life (Levitation Edition) PRE-ORDER


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    The music of Washed Out has always levitated over a timeless frontier. You can sense it in his immersive amorphous vocals, the expansive soundscapes, the wistful storytelling. It's a sweet spot where, says its creative force, Ernest Greene, "any sort of of association or memory from the past can transport you instantly. I love that."

    Greene's transcendent output has earned him the moniker of "Godfather of Chillwave" by Pitchfork and a co-sign from Portlandia, which borowed his track, "Feel it all Around," for its utopian theme song. His latest, Notes From a Quiet Life (out June 28, Sub Pop) arrives after delivering more than a decade of distinct and disparate creative re-imanginations of a remarkably high level (five albums, two EPs). Notes is bold in its intuitiveness: Greene has left the treadmill of music-as-a-business, instead letting his artistic interests lead the way. "Each album," says Greene, who also paints and sculps, "is a world-building exercise"

    The Georgia native left Atlanta in 2021 to move back to the countryside he knew growing up. Where escapism once flooded his thoughts, today he is preoccupied with the universe of wonder in the reality around him. He named the former horse farm he moved to "Endymion" (after the pastoral John Keats poem about a lovesick shepard - "its opening line: "A thing of beautity is a joy for ever"), and it has shaped all that he's created there, from his music to his albums' creative direction to his planned large scale visual-art experiments.

    "I've read that every five, maybe 10, years you're practically a different person - like on a cellular level" Greene explains. "The things that you're going through will end up changing you, and you're kind of a different person. This album is a reflection of that. Experimenting with painting and sculpture helps my music. They influence each other. That was a kind of realization for me. I don't want to look back on my life one day, and be like, "oh, it was all about maximizing productivity," he says, "I want to enjoy this".

    That purity of vision is what makes Notes From a Quiet Life so potent. It's first album Greene wholly self-produced , with some mixing assistance from Nathan Boddy (James Blake, Mura Masa) and David Wrench (Caribou, Florence & the Machine). "Early in my career, I had a lack of technical skill, and there were some things I wasn't 100% enthusiastic about," he says, nothing Jean-Michael Basquiat's distinct, self-driven method as an inspiration. "Something that I was looking for was...I didn't want any illusion of anyone else's influences. I wanted to see this through to the end. And honestly, that was a big challenge. 

    Illustrating that, Greene's list of influences for Notes From a Quiet Life are mostly sculpture icons: minimalist legend Donald Judd, abstract expressionist Cy Twombly, and modernist Barara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Of the latter, he observes, "The majority of his working life was spent on his country estate, and he wasn't living a cosmopolitan lifestyle. He was focused on making good work, you know?"

    Notes From a Quiet Life is Washed Out's fifth album.

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