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), better known by his stage name Washed Out, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Life and career[edit]

Ernest Greene was born on October 3, 1982, in Perry, Georgia.[1][2] 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,[2][3] as well as working on recordings of dance music with Bedroom, a local band.[4] He soon won the favor of a number of influential music bloggers after they found his music on his Myspace page.[5] His first recordings have been described as "drowsy, distorted, dance pop-influenced tracks that brought to mind Neon Indian and Memory Tapes".[4]

Washed Out's style has been identified with the chillwave movement.[2] He has said hip hop influences the way he writes songs.[6] The first two Washed Out EPs were released in August and September 2009. Washed Out made 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 the US comedy TV series Portlandia.[8]

In April 2011 it was announced that he had been signed to Sub Pop. His debut album, Within and Without, was released on July 12, 2011. The album peaked at twenty-six on the US Billboard 200 and eighty-nine 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, again on Sub Pop records. The first single was “It All Feels Right”, followed by "Don't Give Up".[10]

In 2013, "New Theory" from the album Life of Leisure featured in the background of an outdoor party scene from the movie The Spectacular Now.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


Within and Without 26 6 6 36 80 89
  • Released: August 13, 2013[16]
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
21 5 3 101

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
High Times[17]
  • Released: September 9, 2009
  • Label: Mirror Universe Tapes
  • Format: Cassette (200 copies)
Life of Leisure[18]
  • 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
"Eyes Be Closed"[19] 2011 46 Within and Without
"Amor Fati"
"It All Feels Right" 2013 Paracosm
"Don't Give Up"

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"You & I" 2010 Adult Swim Singles Program 2010
"Belong" Kitsuné Maison Compilation 9[20]
"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. ^ Reges, Margaret. "Washed Out". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Oder, Norman (October 22, 2009). "LJ Talks to Ernest Greene, Unemployed LIS Grad, Breakout Musician". Library Journal. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Washed Out - Biography". billboardbiz. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rising: Washed Out". Pitchfork Media. September 1, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Washed Out". Lifelounge. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  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. ^ a b c Within and Without - Washed Out
  12. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-07-08). "Washed Out - Within And Without". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-07-23). "Washed Out - Within And Without". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  14. ^ "Washed Out - Album". Official Charts Company Stats. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Within and Without (Bonus Track Version) by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  16. ^ "Sub Pop - Paracosm by Washed Out". subpop.com. 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  17. ^ Calum Marsh (2009-10-21). "Washed Out: High Times (Mirror Universe; 2009) | Record Reviews @". Cokemachineglow.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Life of Leisure - EP by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Eyes Be Closed (Remixes) - EP by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  20. ^ "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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