Here we are, in 2017, and Ernest Greene (Washed Out) decided to make us “chill wave sub pop hipsters” (as described in a YouTube comment) really amazingly so chill, it’s like we took 5mg of Xanax for the first time and it’s sort of confusing and kind of scary, but we won’t stop listening. Mister Mellow also marks the first time a Washed Out LP wasn’t released by Seattle’s Sub Pop, and instead made it’s way down the west coast to Los Angeles’s Stones Throw Records. That alone would cause super fanatical Washed Out fans to question Ernest Greene’s intentions, even before hearing any of the new tracks. A label founded by hip-hop DJ Peanut Butter Wolf? They sat, startled.
The Mister Mellow visual album was released on June 29th, a day before the album was made available. Some fans were outraged and literally scoffed at the new tracks. Others enjoyed the trip and compared it to “being really high and coming down and staying in this state of not knowing where they’re going in life, or for that day, but it’s alright.”
The visual album is Washed Out’s way of telling us all to “freaking chill out” and look at the cool visuals. Listen to the new music and try to be happy for, like, 30 minutes. The video also features actor extraordinaire, major cool dude Kyle Mooney as Charlie A.K.A. “Mister Mellow”. It all make sense. He even interviews Ernest and it’s all I ever wanted for today. Molto bene. Stand-out tracks are ALL of them.
Also, take a listen to more artists on Stones Throw Records website and get back to me.
You can also pick up the audio version of Mister Mellow by Washed Out on iTunes now and check out the visual album below.
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