Washed Out // Within and Without
The first full-length release by producer and multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene helped define the sound of the chillwave movement. Within and Without is a heady mix of throbbing bass and cleverly layered synth sounds underpinning Greene's tender, faded vocals. The single "You and I," featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, is a particular high point. But from the sumptuous melodies of "Eyes Be Closed" and the uplifting "Amor Fati" to the blissed-out haze of "Soft" and the title track, Greene's relaxed, sensual vibe creates a sustained mood of pleasurable nostalgia.