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Washed Out

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Atlanta-based producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene's project Washed Out blends the layered synths and quietly chiming guitars of dream pop, the hypnotic rhythms of bedroom electronica, and his gentle croon of a voice and adds them to songs that are as calm and comforting as a soft blanket. His first EP, 2009's Life of Leisure, helped define the chillwave genre, and his song "Feel It All Around" became a ubiquitous classic. Everything he released subsequently -- whether it's influenced by psychedelic pop (2003's Paracosm,) hip-hop (2017's Mister Mellow), or modern pop (2020's Purple Noon) -- builds on his initial style without changing the elemental laid-back tenets of the Washed Out sound.

Greene had been involved in a number of musical endeavors by the time he started putting together a series of recordings as Washed Out in the summer of 2009; he had worked on a similarly noisy and computerized (albeit far more guitar-heavy and fast-paced) bedroom recording project called Lee Weather. He had also worked on a series of dance music recordings with a local band in Columbia, South Carolina called Bedroom. Washed Out's initial offerings -- drowsy, distorted, dance-pop-influenced tracks that brought to mind Neon Indian and Memory Cassette -- would reflect the influence of both of these projects. Mexican Summer digitally released Washed Out's debut EP, Life of Leisure, in mid-2009; it was released on vinyl in October of that year. A limited-edition cassette-only release, the High Times EP, came out on Mirror Universe that September.

Big things happened in 2011. His song "Feel It All Around" was picked as the theme music for the Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein TV show Portlandia, and Washed Out signed on with Sub Pop. Greene's debut full-length, Within and Without, was recorded in Atlanta with producer Ben Allen, who had previously worked with Animal Collective and Deerhunter; it was released in July. After a long time spent touring behind the album, Greene moved out of Atlanta and relocated to a rural area outside of Athens where he could spend all day in an isolated environment making music. Influenced by the bucolic setting and the use of a wider range of vintage synths, Washed Out's next album, 2013's Paracosm, was much warmer and optimistic-sounding.

After the release of the album, Greene took a step back and began to reconsider the direction Washed Out was headed. When he reappeared in 2017, it was with a new label, Stones Throw, and a visual album that stripped away some of the ambition of the previous two albums in favor of a sound that harked back to Washed Out's early chillwave days, but with a more assured production style and heavy hip-hop influence. Made with the help of mixing engineer Cole M.G.N., Mister Mellow took two years to complete and was released in June of 2017. Greene took a step away from Washed Out to write and produce some of Sudan Archives' 2019 album Athena before heading back to his bedroom studio to record new material. Unlike the previous two Washed Out records, 2020's Purple Noon isn't a genre exercise; instead, he leans into the smooth sounds of chillwave and gives it a modern pop polish. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi

Total plays

560.8 million
Updated on 2024-06-24

Monthly listeners

1,364,872

Followers

489,510

Top Cities

  1. United States
    41,029 listeners
  2. United States
    23,650 listeners
  3. United States
    28,301 listeners
  4. United States
    26,546 listeners
  5. United States
    22,729 listeners

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Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
Feel It All Around
Feel It All Around
139,175,219 3:12 2009-09-08
It All Feels Right
It All Feels Right
39,493,034 4:06 2013-06-11
New Theory
New Theory
34,636,064 2:49 2009-09-08
Amor Fati
Amor Fati
26,263,740 4:26 2011-07-06
Hard To Say Goodbye
Hard To Say Goodbye
22,652,265 4:13 2017-06-16
Hard to Say Goodbye
Hard to Say Goodbye
22,652,265 4:13 2017-06-30
Too Late
Too Late
20,723,182 4:12 2020-08-07
Eyes Be Closed
Eyes Be Closed
17,741,945 4:50 2011-07-04
Floating By
Floating By
11,879,793 3:42 2017-06-30
Time to Walk Away
Time to Walk Away
11,555,008 4:16 2020-08-07
All I Know
All I Know
10,998,947 5:27 2013-08-09
Soft
Soft
8,727,790 5:32 2011-07-06
Don't Give Up
Don't Give Up
8,031,088 3:55 2013-08-09
You and I
You and I
7,190,899 5:13 2011-07-06
Get Up
Get Up
6,504,677 3:00 2009-09-08
Weightless
Weightless
5,609,531 4:56 2013-08-09
Paralyzed
Paralyzed
5,609,324 3:21 2020-08-07
Face Up
Face Up
5,601,251 4:07 2018-05-11
Get Lost
Get Lost
5,582,926 4:05 2017-05-26
You'll See It
You'll See It
5,445,506 2:54 2009-09-08
Great Escape
Great Escape
5,276,338 5:07 2013-08-09
Despicable Dogs - Washed Out Remix
Despicable Dogs - Washed Out Remix
5,270,668 4:13 2010-01-26
Echoes
Echoes
5,185,873 4:08 2011-07-06
Before
Before
5,137,986 4:46 2011-07-06
Lately
Lately
5,117,681 1:57 2009-09-08
Million Miles Away
Million Miles Away
5,075,497 4:47 2017-06-30
Paracosm
Paracosm
4,967,895 6:32 2013-08-09
Far Away
Far Away
4,844,712 4:00 2011-07-06
Hold Out
Hold Out
4,785,543 3:29 2009-09-08
I’ve Been Daydreaming My Entire Life
I’ve Been Daydreaming My Entire Life
4,660,779 2:10 2017-06-30
I've Been Daydreaming My Entire Life
I've Been Daydreaming My Entire Life
4,660,779 2:10 2017-06-30
Burn Out Blues
Burn Out Blues
4,553,066 3:44 2017-06-30
Burn out Blues
Burn out Blues
4,553,066 3:44 2017-06-30
A Dedication
A Dedication
4,166,006 4:19 2011-07-06
Forgive
Forgive
4,076,553 4:39 2019-09-19
Entrance
Entrance
4,063,004 1:24 2013-08-09
All Over Now
All Over Now
3,883,293 3:53 2013-08-09
Belong
Belong
3,794,751 2:54 2009-09-15
Good Luck
Good Luck
3,353,192 1:16 2009-09-15
Within and Without
Within and Without
3,312,453 3:32 2011-07-06
Falling Back
Falling Back
2,918,672 5:47 2013-08-09
Hot Sugar - Washed Out Remix
Hot Sugar - Washed Out Remix
2,856,833 3:07 2022-08-01
Face Up
Face Up
2,488,451 4:09 2020-08-07
Reckless Desires
Reckless Desires
2,424,800 4:24 2020-08-07
Phone Call
Phone Call
2,419,152 3:26 2009-09-15
Belong
Belong
2,337,763 2:55 2010-04-26
Instant Calm
Instant Calm
2,285,188 2:10 2017-06-30
Time Off
Time Off
1,715,393 1:01 2017-06-30
Zonked
Zonked
1,578,811 1:10 2017-06-30
Haunt
Haunt
1,552,515 5:10 2020-08-07
Chimes
Chimes
1,536,965 2:29 2009-09-15
Game of Chance
Game of Chance
1,431,308 4:11 2020-08-07
Down And Out
Down And Out
1,402,913 1:08 2017-06-30
Down and Out
Down and Out
1,402,913 1:08 2017-06-30
Title Card
Title Card
1,391,955 0:30 2017-06-30
Don't Wanna
Don't Wanna
1,314,436 2:02 2009-09-15
Floating By (Mndsgn Remix)
Floating By (Mndsgn Remix)
1,313,267 3:57 2017-11-13
Hide (Amtrac Remix)
Hide (Amtrac Remix)
1,302,264 5:21 2021-11-12
Hide
Hide
1,264,055 3:28 2020-08-07
Leave You Behind
Leave You Behind
1,216,506 3:53 2020-08-07
Don't Go
Don't Go
1,211,369 5:20 2020-08-07
Straight Back
Straight Back
1,187,748 3:43 2012-01-01
Sidney's Lullaby
Sidney's Lullaby
1,131,895 3:19 2021-08-09
Miles' Lullaby
Miles' Lullaby
1,089,598 3:10 2021-08-09
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
1,041,688 0:53 2017-06-30
Olivia
Olivia
1,013,978 2:26 2009-09-15
Hard To Say Goodbye (Lone Remix)
Hard To Say Goodbye (Lone Remix)
951,050 5:27 2017-08-30
For Sure - Washed Out Remix
For Sure - Washed Out Remix
826,468 4:46 2021-07-13
Softly - Washed Out Remix
Softly - Washed Out Remix
819,909 3:10 2018-11-16
Too Late (Buscabulla Remix)
Too Late (Buscabulla Remix)
777,402 3:11 2021-07-07
Eyes Be Closed - Star Slinger Remix
Eyes Be Closed - Star Slinger Remix
731,808 2:48 2011-07-04
Luck
Luck
686,446 2:14 2009-09-15
Eyes Be Closed - Grimes Remix
Eyes Be Closed - Grimes Remix
669,899 4:49 2011-07-04
The Hardest Part
The Hardest Part
621,033 4:06 2024-05-02
Step Back
Step Back
618,539 2:35 2009-09-15
Clap Intro
Clap Intro
582,560 1:25 2009-09-15
You Will Be Sad
You Will Be Sad
574,300 1:18 2009-09-15
Eyes Be Closed - Lovelock Remix
Eyes Be Closed - Lovelock Remix
549,233 2:48 2011-07-05
You'll See It - Small Black Remix
You'll See It - Small Black Remix
499,511 3:37 2010-01-26
Call It Off
Call It Off
457,428 3:33 2011-07-15
Yeah
Yeah
266,530 2:24 2009-09-15
Running Away
Running Away
263,864 3:58 2024-05-30
It's Kate's Birthday
It's Kate's Birthday
258,758 2:15 2009-09-15
La La La La La
La La La La La
217,012 1:57 2009-09-15
Amor Fati - Clams Casino Remix
Amor Fati - Clams Casino Remix
171,781 2:55 2011-11-07
Giving Up - Washed Out Remix
Giving Up - Washed Out Remix
133,506 4:16 2015-01-20
Amor Fati - Au Revoir Simone Remix
Amor Fati - Au Revoir Simone Remix
122,072 3:60 2011-11-07
Waking Up
Waking Up
115,931 4:40 2024-06-13
Olivia
Olivia
74,948 2:27 2011-07-15
Pull You Down
Pull You Down
67,277 4:14 2013-08-09
Eyes Be Closed (Radio Edit)
Eyes Be Closed (Radio Edit)
54,377 3:58 2011-12-12
Almost Home - Washed Out Remix
Almost Home - Washed Out Remix
52,610 3:54 2014-02-10
Despicable Dogs - Washed Out Remix
Despicable Dogs - Washed Out Remix
12,207 4:13 2023-03-31
Step Back
Step Back
3,041 2:37 2011-07-06
Eyes Be Closed (Alex Version)
Eyes Be Closed (Alex Version)
2,858 3:24 2011-07-06
Belong
Belong
2,653 2:53 2012-01-11
Amor Fati (Radio Edit)
Amor Fati (Radio Edit)
2,391 3:58 2012-01-11
Phone Call
Phone Call
1,493 3:26 2012-01-11
Luck
Luck
1,226 2:16 2012-01-11

New releases

Waking Up
Waking Up
2024-06-13
[Sub Pop Records]
Running Away
Running Away
2024-05-30
[Sub Pop Records]
The Hardest Part
The Hardest Part
2024-05-02
[Sub Pop Records]
Hot Sugar (Washed Out Remix)
Hot Sugar (Washed Out Remix)
2022-08-01
[Polydor Records]
Hide (Amtrac Remix)
Hide (Amtrac Remix)
2021-11-12
[Sub Pop Records]
Sidney's Lullaby
Sidney's Lullaby
2021-08-09
[Sub Pop Records]
Too Late (Buscabulla Remix)
Too Late (Buscabulla Remix)
2021-07-07
[Sub Pop Records]
Purple Noon
Purple Noon
2020-08-07
[Sub Pop Records]
Chimes
Chimes
2018-10-29
[Washed Out]
Step Back
Step Back
2018-10-22
[Washed Out]
Don't Wanna
Don't Wanna
2018-10-19
[Washed Out]
Face Up
Face Up
2018-05-11
[Stones Throw Records]
Face Up
Face Up
2018-05-11
[Pod]
Face Up
Face Up
2018-05-11
[Washed Out]
Face Up
Face Up
2018-05-11
[Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.]
Floating By (Mndsgn Remix)
Floating By (Mndsgn Remix)
2017-11-14
[Stones Throw Records]
Floating By (Mndsgn Remix)
Floating By (Mndsgn Remix)
2017-11-13
[Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.]
Hard To Say Goodbye (Lone Remix)
Hard To Say Goodbye (Lone Remix)
2017-08-30
[Stones Throw Records]
Hard To Say Goodbye (Lone Remix)
Hard To Say Goodbye (Lone Remix)
2017-08-30
[Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.]
Mister Mellow
Mister Mellow
2017-06-30
[Arts & Crafts]
Mister Mellow
Mister Mellow
2017-06-30
[Pod]
Mister Mellow
Mister Mellow
2017-06-30
[Washed Out]
Mister Mellow
Mister Mellow
2017-06-30
[Stones Throw Records]
Hard To Say Goodbye
Hard To Say Goodbye
2017-06-16
[Pod]
Get Lost
Get Lost
2017-05-27
[Pod]
Get Lost
Get Lost
2017-05-26
[Washed Out]
Paracosm
Paracosm
2013-08-13
[Sub Pop Records]
Paracosm
Paracosm
2013-08-12
[Weird World]
Paracosm
Paracosm
2013-08-09
[Pod]
It All Feels Right
It All Feels Right
2013-06-11
[Pod]
Amor Fati
Amor Fati
2012-01-11
[Payne City]
Amor Fati
Amor Fati
2011-11-07
[Weird World]
Amor Fati
Amor Fati
2011-11-07
[Pod]
Within and Without
Within and Without
2011-07-15
[Pod]
Within and Without
Within and Without
2011-07-12
[Sub Pop Records]
Within and Without
Within and Without
2011-07-11
[Weird World]
Eyes Be Closed
Eyes Be Closed
2011-07-08
[Pod]
Within and Without
Within and Without
2011-07-06
[Payne City]
Eyes Be Closed (Remixes)
Eyes Be Closed (Remixes)
2011-07-05
[Sub Pop Records]
Eyes Be Closed
Eyes Be Closed
2011-07-04
[Weird World]
Small Black / Washed Out
Small Black / Washed Out
2010-01-26
[Lovepump United]
High Times
High Times
2009-09-15
[Washed Out]
Life of Leisure
Life of Leisure
2009-09-08
[Washed Out]