Concert Review: Washed Out
By: Joceline De la Torre
North Park Theater
Ernest Greene, artistically known as Washed Out, returned to a sold out stage this past Thursday
at the iconic North Park Theater, following a three year hiatus from touring San Diego.
Greene came onto the music scene formally as, Washed Out, back in the summer of 2012
through the release of his first album, Within and Without. Following such release, his music has been
featured within films such as “The Spectacular Now” as well as IFC’s “Portlandia”. As a whole, the sound
of Washed Out is typically associated with the psychedelic chill wave movement.
Washed Out began its hour and a half long set with “It All Feels Right” from the most recent
album, Paracosm, which was released back in 2003. At the start of the set, the well dressed hip crowd
pushed forward to see Ernest Greene in flesh. As the set proceeded onto “New Theory” the crowd
hummed along to the chorus, as Greene made his way to the crowd to greet fans through high fives
which raised everyone’s energy within the theater.
Half way through the set, there were technical difficulties encountered, but he did an amazing
job of keeping the energy going among the audience. After the difficulties were conquered, Greene
transitioned into playing a slowed down version of “Feel it all around”, which was one of the memorable
moments of the show. When the familiar chords adopted a slower pace, the audience rose to cheer and
began to romantically sway and sing to dreamy blue lighting set in the background.
As the show continued, the audience kept up the energy, from both old and young attendees; as
old as a 67 year old, to as new as a fetus in the womb kicking during the set, as an expecting mother
pointed out. While Greene began to wrap up his set to “Amor Fati”, one thing was for certain, everyone
in attendance including myself were mesmerized by how Greene’s talent could be carried out through a
crafting of lighting and element of performance.
Washed Out has not released new material, since Paracosm from last fall, and with that said, he
won’t be on tour anytime soon. For the meantime, you can check out both Within and Without and
Paracosm which are available to listen to!