Washed Out - ‘Don’t Give Up’
Washed Out's debut album, Within and Without, saw chillwave mainstay, Ernest Greene, fully realise the sound that he had pioneered on his critically acclaimed EP Life of Leisure. Though some claimed it was repetitive and pallid, Within and Without had enough substance to successfully silence those that claimed the genre was just a passing fad.
Since chillwave’s initial peak in 2010, Greene’s most notable contemporaries have diverged into other styles, with Neon Indian now creating futuristic synth-pop and Toro y Moi lending his hand at dance-oriented R&B. Interestingly, ‘Don’t Give Up’, the second single off of Greene’s upcoming sophomore record Paracosm, sees Greene maintaining his focus as he continues to mine at the heart of chillwave with exceptional results.
Initially, ‘Don’t Give Up’ could be mistaken for a prime cut from Within and Without, though this would not be giving Greene the credit he is due. As the song develops, it soon becomes clear that ‘Don’t Give Up’ expands well beyond anything previously released under the Washed Out moniker.
Exploring both textures and melody, this new single from Washed Out reveals that Greene has spent his downtime focused on enhancing his music in every way possible. While the track remains awash in the reverb that typifies the genre, the song is noticeably crisp thanks to the detailed mixing and mastering that has taken place.
Featuring an absolute bumper chorus, I’m looking forward to this soundtracking my summer. Paracosm is out August 13 on Sub Pop.