Washed Out

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Washed Out
Washed Out 2016.jpg
Washed Out performing in July 2016
Background information
Birth nameErnest Weatherly Greene Jr.
Born (1982-10-03) October 3, 1982 (age 37)
Perry, Georgia, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2009–present
Associated acts

Ernest Weatherly Greene Jr. (born October 3, 1982), known professionally as Washed Out, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Life and career[edit]

Ernest Weatherly Greene Jr. was born on October 3, 1982 in Perry, Georgia, and currently lives in Athens, Georgia.[5][6][7] After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, he 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,[6][8] as well as working on recordings of dance music with Bedroom, a local band.[9] During 2008 he recorded lo-fi rock music under the name Lee Weather, but the following summer he found more success with his new project, Washed Out.[10] He was soon discovered by a number of influential music bloggers after they found his music on his Myspace page.[11] His first recordings have been described as "drowsy, distorted, dance pop-influenced tracks that brought to mind Neon Indian and Memory Tapes".[9]

Greene's first two extended plays were released in August and September 2009. He held 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[12] and his song "Feel it All Around" is used as the opening theme for the television series Portlandia.[13]

In April 2011 it was announced that he had been signed to Sub Pop. His debut, Within and Without, then 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.[14]

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."[15] 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."[16]

On May 19, Washed Out announced dates for his "Get Lost" tour, taking place in July 2017. Subsequently, he released his third studio album, Mister Mellow, on June 30, 2017. The album was produced at Stones Throw with the help of Cole M.G.N.[17]

In April 2018, Washed Out released a new single, "Face Up" as part of Adult Swim's Singles Series.

Musical style[edit]

Washed Out's style has been identified with the chillwave movement.[6] He has said hip hop influences the way he writes songs.[18]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


Within and Without 26 6 6 36 80 89
  • Released: August 13, 2013[24]
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
21 5 3 101
Mister Mellow

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
High Times[26]
  • Released: September 9, 2009
  • Label: Mirror Universe Tapes
  • Format: Cassette (200 copies)
Life of Leisure[27]
  • 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"[30] 2011 [A] Within and Without
"Amor Fati" [B]
"It All Feels Right" 2013 49 Paracosm
"Don't Give Up"
"Get Lost" 2017 Mister Mellow
"Hard to Say Goodbye"


Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"You & I" 2010 Adult Swim Singles Program 2010
"Belong" Kitsuné Maison Compilation 9[33]
"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
"Forgive" 2018 Young Romance


  1. ^ Goble, Corban (April 1, 2011). "R.I.P., chillwave: the top 10 chillwave artists, and where they are now". The Pitch.
  2. ^ Ugwu, Reggie (July 25, 2013). "Chillwave Hero Washed Out Masters the Not-Quite Concept Album With 'Paracosm'". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Kloeppel, Geena (June 12, 2017). "Washed Out Announces New Album Mister Mellow". Spin. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Radford, Chad (February 28, 2012). "Washed Out keyboardist escapes chillwave with Dog Bite". Creative Loafing.
  5. ^ Reges, Margaret. "Washed Out". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Washed Out". The Lepanto League. 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  8. ^ Oder, Norman (October 22, 2009). "LJ Talks to Ernest Greene, Unemployed LIS Grad, Breakout Musician". Library Journal. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Washed Out - Biography". billboardbiz. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Washed Out Chillwave / dreampop from the US". www.fredperry.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  11. ^ "Rising: Washed Out". Pitchfork Media. September 1, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  12. ^ Pitchfork, July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20). "Articles: Photos: Pitchfork Music Festival 2010". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-12-20.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Cridlin, Jay (February 29, 2012). "SoundBytes: LMFAO, Washed Out, Dan Aykroyd and more". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 5 Feb 2018.
  14. ^ "ATP Nightmare Before Christmas". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  15. ^ "Listen to Washed Out's Sunny New Single "It All Feels Right"". MTV. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  16. ^ "Washed Out Talks Soundscape of New Album: 'I'm Figuring Out the Next Step'". Radio.com. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  17. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/washed-out-mn0002136598/biography
  18. ^ "Interview with Washed Out". Lifelounge. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  19. ^ a b c d e Within and Without - Washed Out
  20. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-07-08). "Washed Out - Within And Without". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  21. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-07-23). "Washed Out - Within And Without". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  22. ^ "Washed Out - Album". Official Charts Company Stats.
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Within and Without (Bonus Track Version) by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  24. ^ "Sub Pop - Paracosm by Washed Out". subpop.com. 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  25. ^ "Washed Out Announces New Album Mister Mellow". PitchFork. June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  26. ^ Calum Marsh (2009-10-21). "Washed Out: High Times (Mirror Universe; 2009) | Record Reviews @". Cokemachineglow.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - Life of Leisure - EP by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  28. ^ "Washed Out Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  29. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard.biz.
  30. ^ "iTunes - Music - Eyes Be Closed (Remixes) - EP by Washed Out". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
  31. ^ "Dance Electronic Singles Sales". Billboard.biz.
  32. ^ "Washed Out – Chart History – Rock Digital Songs". Billboard.com. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  33. ^ "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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