Sunday, Apr 22, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
• Dinner menu available
• GA Standing
• Limited seats available
• First come, first seated
• $10 min/person at tables
• All ages
Long adored and critically lauded in the blog world, Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, first came to prominence in the summer of 2009 after unassumingly posting a handful of bedroom-recorded tracks to his Myspace page from his family home in the seclusion of the tiny rural city of Perry, Georgia. "I'd been writing music on my own for three or four years previous to that," Greene explains, "mostly as a way to experiment with songwriting processes. Those were just the first I ever shared."
Despite such modest intentions however, those first songs (many of which would appear on the acclaimed Life of Leisure EP of later that year) were about as complete an opening statement from an artist as is imaginable. A heady, psychedelic concoction of what Pitchfork's Mark Hogan termed "romantic nostalgia and homespun textures," songs such as "Belong" and "Feel It All Around" – Greene's biggest hit to date – artfully match the glossy melody of '80s synth pop, the widescreen scope of early '90s Balearic dance music, and the slowed, heavy bounce of southern hip-hop production to gorgeously wistful vocals, with results as undeniably idiosyncratic and original as they are deeply accessible.
2011 saw Green release his debut full-length album, Within and Without. Featuring standout tracks like "Eyes Be Closed," "Amor Fati," and "You and I," the album garnered a 9 out of 10 rating from Spin Magazine, earned Pitchfork's coveted Best New Music tag, and was profiled by The New York Times. The disc peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 chart.