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Musical Pairings: Washed Out – Life of Leisure (paired w/ apple butter)

Smooth.  Luscious.  Sweet, but not sugary.  Kasey’s apple butter recipe is strides beyond store bought products.  It features hints of cinnamon and subtle spice.  It is a great way to hold onto the memories of summer for a little longer into the Fall and coming Winter.  And in that way, it pairs perfectly with one of my favorite EPs from this year: Washed Out‘s Life of Leisure.

For the benefit of folks who haven’t had the opportunity to make his acquaintance, Washed Out is the project of Georgia by way of South Carolina musician Ernest Greene.  Greene’s debut EP, Life of Leisure, consists of six servings of blurry-eyed synth pop that swirl in a deliciously trance-inducing and warmly-reverberating sonic stew that can only be summarized as smooth, luscious and sweet.  Opening cut, “Get Up”, lazily wafts smoke-like through a spacey atmosphere as if intentionally pulsing several beats-per-minute behind its anticipated trajectory.  Greene knows exactly where he wants this melody to be, but clearly sees no rush in reaching the destination.  Similarly, the soothing melody on “New Theory” shimmers brightly, but with hazy, blurred synths, fuzzy beats and a repetitive ghostly purr echoing alongside Greene’s relatively indistinct, but comforting lyrics: “your choice was right / no chance to leave here now”.  Batting in the clean-up spot is the texturally viscous and static-infused single “Feel It All Around,” which is less flashy than its sonically upbeat neighbors “Hold Out” and “Lately,”  but is every bit as effective, and is built upon my favorite rhythm Greene cultivated for this EP.  The vinyl is limited to a 100o copies.  Get it from Insound.

Washed Out – Feel It All Around
(Bonus) Teen Daze – New Theory (Washed Out Cover)

Head back to the Kitchen to read the recipe for Kasey’s apple butter featured on eating/sf.

Posted by Matthew Hickey

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Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • audiollama

    Nice pairing. We’re gonna make some baked apples this evening, but the apple butter sounds good, too.
    Feel It All Around is a great song, the second is a bit too.. well, .. hmm, too 80′s. Anyway, the first one’s top. And that’s one of those tracks which I wouldn’t like so much if I hadn’t heard all those chillwave songs here on your blog. These are types of songs to which I have to listen clearly, otherwise I wouldn’t notice them well. That may be the reason why I find much of that chillwave stuff a bit boring. Ok, now I made the conclusion that it’s only my fault.. haha.
    I also love those ‘Washed Out’ videos floating around on youtube.

  • audiollama

    I meant that video here, but I can’t find the other one. Or maybe it wasn’t by Washed Out. I also noticed that it’s just a fan made video, but beautiful nevertheless.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-ebZt_plw0&feature=related

  • audiollama

    Oh, I only wanted to post the link, I didn’t know that the video appears. If you don’t like it, put it away.

  • http://musicalpairings.wordpress.com musicalpairings

    No, I don’t mind that you posted the video at all in the comments section. I think that is great actually. I’ve not seen that one before either, but I like that definitely stays true to the vibe of the track.

    Anyways, I can understand why you find a lot of chillwave boring – a lot of it is. Nonetheless, I like some of the more synth-pop oriented chillwave out there (my top three being Washed Out, Memory Tapes, and Teen Daze) as opposed to the more ambient stuff some other folks are doing.

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