Washed Out is a South Carolinian no-fi (one-man?) band that has been glazed by synthesizers, blessed by elegantly non-intrusive vocals, and mired by delightfully down-beat-yet-blissful electronic percussion. Washed Up is going to make you want to get up and dance and get down and chill at the same time — sort of an uppers-meets-downers synth-cocktail, not entirely unlike that recently stunning Panda Bear & Atlas Sound collaboration.
I don’t think I can put my finger on Washed Up’s key influences (they could be many) but the music certainly sounds like a middle-ground between Kleerup and Toro Y Moi; although, judging by both the tape-cover (pictured above) and the recent NPIP article, Washed Out may well be seeking a sun-bleached aesthetic-categorization that combines the psychadelic-day-glo-pop of Nite Jewel with the trippy-lo-fi-fuzz of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti with the never ending wave of west coast indie-surf-poppers, like Pearl Harbour and Best Coast; there’s surfable breaks not too far from Columbia, SC., right?
“Get Up” is definitely 80’s synth-pop meets lo-fi late 00’s indie-pop. Every once and a while the beats and notes stutter and slide ever so slightly off-pitch, creating that (recently deployed by Neon Indian) effect that simultaneously sounds irrestibable and utterly incorrect.
“New Theory” is inferior to “Get Up” — I’m basing that on the fact that the song sounds too obviously recycled, like a retro-influenced Kleerup tune with the fidelity turned down; in fact, I’m almost positive that “New Theory” is built on a looping Kleerup sample; it’s still enjoyable though — don’t get me wrong — I just listened to way too much Kleerup last year.