The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #11 – Washed Out

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Washed Out

WHAT: Paracosm

WHEN: August 2013

WHERE: Sub Pop

WHY: I don’t know how he does it, but Ernest Greene keeps churning out impeccable music with each Washed Out record/EP he releases. Paracosm is a thing of beauty, fragile but powerful and beguiling in its magnetically languid, inescapable way. The sound of sticky sweet summers and velvet humid nights under canopies of stars, Paracosm is lusciously chilled, but still it pulsates with dynamic forces. Songs break with waves of expectancy, crashing ashore with washes of electric anticipation. This record might just give you goosebumps.

MY JAMS: “It All Feels Right” “Weightless” “All I Know” “Paracosm” “Falling Back” “All Over Now”

[posted 3.19.14]


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