We are sure 2011 will usher in the death of chillwave.
But there are still a few great artists that have come out of the musical movement, including Ariel Pink, Panda Bear, and Toro y Moi.
Not to be outdone, Georgia's Washed Out (AKA Ernest Greene) manages to immerse listeners in complex soundscapes without resorting to cliché or heavy-handed tricks.
Greene's story is one that only the current internet-driven music industry could produced: Unemployed 26-year-old moves back in with parents during the recession. Bored, he uploads a few tracks on to MySpace which are quickly discovered by several influential music blogs. The rest, as they say, is history.
But while the internet has produce many flash-in-the-pans, Greene, the "chillwave poster boy," really set himself apart from the lo-fi aesthetics of the genre by mixing it up with touches of disco and hip-hop. His first two EPs, Life of Leisure and High Times, received universal acclaim, leading to profiles in Pitchfork and the New York Times.
Greene promised to release a proper full-length in 2010, but it didn't happen. (That's what you get when you don't have a label exec pushing you to release something.) Still, when Washed Out washes up on Miami shores January 21 for a spectacle of modest proportions, we expect some new material will be involved.
Washed Out with Awesome New Republic, Josh LeCash, Desiree. Friday, January 21. Eve, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets $12.95 via wantickets.com. Doors at 9 p.m.; 18 and over. Call 305-995-5050 or visit miamieve.com.
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