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Wednesday, Jul 05 2017 | 08:08
Image: 1610780 Mister Mellow moves further away from the synthesizer-heavy
sounds of the recent Washed Out releases and more band-driven
sound of his work on iconic labels Sub Pop in America, and Domino
in Europe. On Mister Mellow, Greene draws from the experimental
collage techniques of musique concrète and plunderphonics
artists such as The Residents. Combining styles as diverse as
free jazz, house, hip-hop and psych together with interlude-esque
voiceover samples, often pulled from anonymous YouTube vlogs,
he creates a busy, chaotic, and caricaturish mix that mirrors the
claustrophobic, hyper-stimulated psyche so familiar to young adults.
As he continues to carve out his innovative sonic identity,
influenced by the world around him but unafraid to buck trends,
it’s fitting that Greene has partnered with legendary hip hop label
Stones Throw Records, long a home for beat-loving musical
rebels. His approach to releasing music is every bit as individual,
too: in an environment where compiling singles into an album
format or working with a single video director are the norm,
Greene has chosen to commission eleven different artists to
bring the visual aspect of his fully-realised album project to life.
On Mister Mellow, Washed Out steers clear of emotion to empathise
with the minutiae of the world around him. “I’ve been much less
interested in sentimentality and emotion for the past couple of years,”
says Greene, “In some ways, I think its a reaction against getting
older and having more responsibilities. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for
a time in my life where I could just relax and block out the world for
a moment.” Though Mister Mellow is an intensely personal album,
its ideas and observations speak to the lived experience of so many
young adults, an experience that we come to see as both funny
and sad.

1. Title Card
2. Burn Out Blues
3. Time Off
4. Floating By
5. I’ve Been Daydreaming My Entire Life
6. Hard To Say Goodbye 7
7. Down And Out
8. Instant Calm
9. Zonked
10. Get Lost
11. Easy Does It
12. Million Miles Away Available from 25.08.2017
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