Washed Out

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Washed Out
Washed Out 2016.jpg
Washed Out performing in July 2016.
Background information
Birth name Ernest Greene
Born (1982-10-03) October 3, 1982 (age 34)
Perry, Georgia, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts
Website washedout.net

Ernest Greene (born October 3, 1982), known professionally as Washed Out, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. He is known for his hip hop-influenced chillwave songs and unique composition.

Life and career[edit]

Ernest Greene was born on October 3, 1982, in Perry, Georgia.[2][3] After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, Greene obtained a Master of Library and Information Science degree but was unable to find a job as a librarian. Greene moved back in with his parents and started producing songs in his bedroom studio,[3][4] as well as working on recordings of dance music with Bedroom, a local band.[5] He soon won the favor of a number of influential music bloggers after they found his music on his Myspace page.[6] His first recordings have been described as "drowsy, distorted, dance pop-influenced tracks that brought to mind Neon Indian and Memory Tapes".[5]

His first two extended plays were released in August and September 2009, and did his debut New York City performance (his second live show ever) at Santos Party House. He has since performed at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival[7] and his song "Feel it All Around" is used as the opening theme for television series Portlandia.[8]

In April 2011 it was announced that he had been signed to Sub Pop. His debut, Within and Without, was released on July 12, 2011. The album peaked at # 26 on the Billboard 200 and #89 on the UK Albums Chart. He was chosen by Battles to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[9]

Washed Out's second album, Paracosm, was released on August 13, 2013. The first single was “It All Feels Right”, followed by "Don't Give Up".[10] The same year, "New Theory" from Life of Leisure featured in-background on a scene from The Spectacular Now. On May 2014, he was reporting to be working on a third studio album, but he stated "I'm figuring out the next step".[11]

Musical style[edit]

Washed Out's style has been identified with the chillwave movement.[3] He has said hip hop influences the way he writes songs.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


Within and Without 26 6 6 36 80 89
  • Released: August 13, 2013[18]
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
21 5 3 101

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
High Times[19]
  • Released: September 9, 2009
  • Label: Mirror Universe Tapes
  • Format: Cassette (200 copies)
Life of Leisure[20]
  • Released: September 16, 2009
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: N/A
  • Format: CD (offered to fans on tour)


Title Year Peak positions Album


US Rock

"Feel It All Around" 2009 Life of Leisure EP
"You'll See It (Small Black Remix)" 2010 43 Washed Out/Small Black split
"Eyes Be Closed"[23] 2011 [A] Within and Without
"Amor Fati" [B]
"It All Feels Right" 2013 49 Paracosm
"Don't Give Up"


Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"You & I" 2010 Adult Swim Singles Program 2010
"Belong" Kitsuné Maison Compilation 9[26]
"Straight Back" 2012 Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
"Outta My System - Washed Out Remix" Outta My System: Remixez Y Friendz
"Want" 2015 Samantha


  1. ^ Radford, Chad (February 28, 2012). "Washed Out keyboardist escapes chillwave with Dog Bite". Creative Loafing. 
  2. ^ Reges, Margaret. "Washed Out". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Williams, Wyatt (March 23, 2010). "How Washed Out became the poster boy of electro's chillwave movement". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Oder, Norman (October 22, 2009). "LJ Talks to Ernest Greene, Unemployed LIS Grad, Breakout Musician". Library Journal. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Washed Out - Biography". billboardbiz. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rising: Washed Out". Pitchfork Media. September 1, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Pitchfork, July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20). "Articles: Photos: Pitchfork Music Festival 2010". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  8. ^ Cridlin, Jay (February 29, 2012). "SoundBytes: LMFAO, Washed Out, Dan Aykroyd and more". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "ATP Nightmare Before Christmas". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  10. ^ "Listen to Washed Out's Sunny New Single "It All Feels Right"". MTV. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  11. ^ "Washed Out Talks Soundscape of New Album: 'I'm Figuring Out the Next Step'". Radio.com. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Interview with Washed Out". Lifelounge. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Within and Without - Washed Out
  14. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-07-08). "Washed Out - Within And Without". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-07-23). "Washed Out - Within And Without". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  16. ^ "Washed Out - Album". Official Charts Company Stats. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Within and Without (Bonus Track Version) by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  18. ^ "Sub Pop - Paracosm by Washed Out". subpop.com. 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  19. ^ Calum Marsh (2009-10-21). "Washed Out: High Times (Mirror Universe; 2009) | Record Reviews @". Cokemachineglow.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - Life of Leisure - EP by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  21. ^ "Washed Out Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  22. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard.biz. 
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Eyes Be Closed (Remixes) - EP by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  24. ^ "Dance Electronic Singles Sales". Billboard.biz. 
  25. ^ "Washed Out – Chart History – Rock Digital Songs". Billboard.com. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - Kitsuné Maison Compilation 9 (Petit Bateau Edition) by Various Artists". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 

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