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on 12 August 2013
'Paracosm' is the second studio album from Ernest Greene, better known as Washed Out.
'Paracosm' follows the unashamedly labelled chill-wave debut Within And Without. Produced once again by Ben H. Allen , Deerhunter] the record progresses from the introspective seclusion of Washed Out's debut into an expansive pyschadelic trip.
It does exactly what it says on the tin:
Washed Out - Greene's hazy lyrics are flushed around the reverb in an often indecipherable fashion. This is potentially not a problem as upon closer inspection the lyrics are often found wanting "Sun is coming out now / It all feels right" // Paracosm - "a prolonged fantasy world invented by children" - this album is a form of escapism with a transcendental 'Entrance' and an appropriate 'All Over Now' comedown.
Unfortunately whilst there is alot to appreciate for the heavenly bliss that is reached in these tracks it does reach this zenith all to quickly - perhaps a subtler progression may have benefited the record. It also becomes so blurry that if it wasn't for the cliche birdsong between tracks it would have otherwise been difficult to tell where one track ends and the other begins.
A lot has been made of this record's instrumentation and there is a very good reason for this. The broad sweeping array of tools used cascades this album far beyond the digital tightness of 'Within and Without' and into summery hallucinogenics reminiscent of early Cocteau Twins. Away from digital and into analogue; some of the live instrumentation is a delight.
The consequence of this is, whilst Greene maintains a familiar shoegaze identity, the music traverses out of the bedroom and into the summer sun evoking imagery of cabriolets cruising along the coast roads with the sun beating down. Think Instogram filters.
I can't help but prefer Tame Impala though.