Washed Out’s new album of bright and dreamy summer pop-not-pop arrives with a full-length visual accompaniment, in which each of Mister Mellow’s dozen tracks is matched with a different medium of visual moving art. It's a great addition to the Washed Out aesthetic, which is very much alive and well in the audio. Mister Mellow is released by Stones Throw.
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2.15 and I've eaten all my lunch again - I was convinced I had some snacks left. It's a bit like the career of Ernest Greene who put a lot of his eggs in his debut 'Life of Leisure's basket only to run out of supplements on 'Within and Without'. I was obsessed by 'Life of Leisure' that summer but it seemed that later on the more money and equipment Green got, the less impressive his music became.
'Mister Mellow' is the sort of record that seems unusually to moves Greene's music both forward and backwards. The sideways shift to Stones Throw couldn't have been predicted - though the move is probably better for artist than label as this may seem a little smooth for some of the head nodders. Opener (ignoring the short intro) 'Burn Out Blues' is killer - a great slice of the sort of chill-wave Greene almost singlehandedly invented complete with bouncing rhythms, shades of Dilla and cut up hip-hop vox to please the Stones Throw bods. This mixture of hip hop instrumentation and Green's chilled out sounds really works and at this juncture you might be forgiven for thinking he's onto something. Couple this with the Madlib vibes of 'Time Off' and I'm enjoying. 'Floating By' does just that before the hazed out LA breeze pop of 'I’ve Been Daydreaming My Entire Life' which has beautiful summer vibes which suit Greene's vocals to a 't' and the housey drift of 'Hard to Say Goodbye'.
I suspect that heading back to the more 'beat tape' like aesthetic is a good creative move for Greene. He sounds more himself on this LP blending his stoned chillwave sound with the post Dilla sampledelic cut up technique.. I need to give it a few more spins to see how much it's going to yield but for now I'm going to take a quote from the Guardian review of the record and say that this is going to be a decent summer soundtrack.
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