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Freshies: Washed Out Paracosm
A couple weeks back we touched on Washed Out’s newest single “It All Feels Right” in anticipation of their latest album dropping. Since its release the other week, the record has been flooding the office speakers. Paracosm, (named after a phenomenon wherein people create detailed fantasy worlds) lives up to its wild reference. When you listen to the album, its clear that building out a detailed experience is what Ernest Greene was going for here. The last Washed Out album directly before Paracosm, Within and Without, was basically the quintessential chillwave album, but here, Greene wants more. In that sense, it’s a complete success. This collection of songs is a natural, more complex, more mature follow up to Within and Without. Don’t get us wrong, its still incorporates elements of the blissed-out synth pop that defined Within and Without, but this collection of songs marks out Washed Out's sound as uniquely its own. Greene has referred to the sound of Paracosm as “daytime psychedelia”, and we think that's an apt description. A live rhythm section brings a textured feel to songs that have a way of creating a sort of chilled out romantic feel. All in all, this record is a really good time.
Watch Out For: MS MR
The New York-based chillwave duo MS MR (pronounced Miss Mister) have a shadowy sound that mixes the powerful vocals of Lizzy Plapinger and synth pop beats created by Max Hershenow that you feel in your bones. Their debut album Secondhand Rapture is seamless in its theatric sound and ability to bring on the nostalgia. Think Florence Welch meets atmospheric synth. We’re backing the entire album as being pretty sold but for first listens check out “Hurricane” and “Bones”.
Currently Obsessed With: Blackbird Blackbird
With summer coming to a close we’re latching on to feel-good beats that leave you shimmying your shoulders. We’ve been streaming the electro pop beats of Blackbird Blackbird on the regs lately and have noticed an increase in head bopping at our desks. Our favorite tracks are “All” and “Hawaii”.
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