Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:21 a.m.
The term "washed out" brings to mind a bleary-eyed car ride home from some sojourn to the core of the city where considerable energy was expended or a semiconscious Saturday afternoon spent with warm blankets, blackout curtains, and HBO. Press play on the soundtrack for either of those scenarios and you'd likely hear the ethereal and buoyant sounds of Washed Out -- AKA Georgia-born Ernest Greene.
Washed Out's synth-heavy music is at times as somber as it is uplifting: a pulsing lower register that generates its own warmth, an intimate composition best enjoyed in a small space amid a flourishing landscape or before an infinite expanse of sky and water, hopefully in the company of another.
Fans of the IFC show Portlandia are most familiar with the track "Feel It All Around" from his 2009 EP, Life of Leisure. If you haven't explored Washed Out's work past the opening credits -- 2011's Within and Without is a must-have for anyone who can't find the right accompaniment for a midmorning walk or a night that has run on too long -- there's plenty of time to get caught up before Washed Out washes ashore on Monday.
On the topic of Portlandia, a few people took to the internets and posted their own versions of the Portlandia titles featuring their hometown. Minneapolis, Virginia Beach, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, are represented, but where's South Florida? Surely some enterprising person out there can assemble a montage of surfers, fishermen, Metrorail cars, the Stranahan mural in Fort Lauderdale, and the Tequesta statue atop the Brickell Avenue drawbridge set to the signature track.
For the more jaded souls, think strip malls and tract houses and Broward's anemic bus system. Watch below and get inspired!
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Virginia Beach, VA
Washed Out with Air Bird and Dog Bite on Monday, May 14, at 7:30 at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $18.60 on ticketmaster.com.
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