Tuesday, May 15 – Washed Out
with Airbird, Dog Bite
54 N. Orange Ave.
We all share a loose idea of what constitutes “summer music”
: good-natured lyrical matter, big, accessible hooks and a generally sunny vibe. Summer evening music, meanwhile, isn’t defined nearly as well, but if it was, Washed Out deserves to be its standard bearer. Ernest Greene’s happily nostalgic, reverb-dunked synth-pop confections
sound like they’d be best consumed while driving 65 mph with the windows down at 6 p.m. on July 17 – ideally, right when the sun is burning one last great halo of light before it recedes. Greene’s solo pursuit-turned-touring band emerged in late 2009 as one of the primary names in chillwave, an indie-friendly electronic genre that’s hated by the artists tied to it (what else is new?), but is very much a real thing. A decade from now, chillwave as a whole
will likely be passé, but if there’s any justice, Washed Out standards like “Feel It All Around” and “Amor Fati” will live on in seasonal playlists. – Reyan Ali