A Primer On The Washed Out Sounds Of “Chillwave”

Yesterday marked the release of Within and Without, the debut LP from Georgia’s Washed Out, and it’s gotten rave reviews from Brandon Soderberg at Pitchfork (who gave it their “Best New Music” moniker) and Andy Beta at Spin, who in their sub-headline called the album “Lush chillwave for people who can’t stand chillwave.” Washed Out is not about to top the charts with this album, but its release more or less marks the second anniversary of chillwave, a joke name that stuck for a genre that, for the moment, isn’t going anywhere. So, what do we talk about when we talk about chillwave?

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