Washed Out but not washed up. Flex is given the dream chillwave treatment by one of the masters of the art.
There are many questions which we have been asking ourselves recently. What is the meaning of life? Why aren’t slugs just called homeless snails? And why oh why was Washed Out in Flex not sold out??
Musically Earnest Greene, otherwise known as Washed Out is up there with the best of them when it comes to making dream pop perfection. As a friend watching on who didn’t know the band insightly noted “this is kind of like music to make you feel good”. He wasn’t wrong either, it does make you feel good, better than good even. Washed Out’s music has a hazy, cloudy quality to it which innibriates the senses.
Our major concern ahead of this gig was whether Washed Out’s music would come across as good live as on the albums. These fears which proved to be unfounded as the live ensemble managed to recreate the magic of the two albums. Greene took to the stage looking like your favourite hippy uncle who only visits once a year and politely informed the crowd that his voice “was a little off” at the moment. This didn’t prevent him and the band from gliding through one electro gem to the next as the beautifully melodic “It All Feels Right” kicked off proceedings in front of a pleasantly full, but not sold out Flex.
What was to follow was the realisation that Washed Out have more tunes than you can shake a stick at. From the extremely funky Get Up, to the uncontrollably light-headed Feel It All Around used on Portlandia and back to Amor Fati and Eyes Be Closed, the tracks which set Greene on the path to cult stardom – they were all there, and they were as good as hoped.