Thursday, 12 June 2014

Take Me Back: Washed Out - Feel It All Around


Year: 2009

Washed Out's "Feel It All Around" is stuck to the chillwave movement of the late 00s and early 10s. Be it the cool evenings of Adult Swim's doobie moments, or the opening music to IFC's Portlandia - this saltwater song remains one of Ernest Greene's best. Influenced by hip-hop beats and the smoothest of synthesizer records, "Feel It All Around" takes listeners on a journey though Greene's early recordings, and shows where he was going with his follow-up music.


"Feel It All Around" doesn't just define an artist, it defines chillwave as a fully-formed genre taking electronic music to a level beyond trip-hop's 90s and hip-hop's 80s. It (specifically Washed Out's "Feel It All Around") combines these genres together with ambient music and dream pop. People talk about lucid dreams while listening to The XX or Slowdive, but it's "Feel It All Around" which actually brings to mind the cliches which are applied to music by every one of us, all the time - in a dream, walking on air, floating on clouds, sonic - "Feel It All Around" makes us all feel like we're the man of steel living in the 60s.
~Eddie Gibson

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