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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Washed Out
Life of Leisure [EP]
Mexican Summer

Rating: 8.6/10 ?


March 9, 2010
The unfortunate reality of reminiscing is that you can never go back to what you are longing for. You're always viewing past events through a filter, a filter that exists firmly in the present. Nostalgia is, in this way, a paradox that while at times is pleasant and sublime, often leaves the daydreamer aching for something that does not exist - a way to truly relive the past. However in certain fleeting moments, remembering is a most pure and sweet experience.

This is the effect of Washed Out, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene. His dreamy, at times ethereal musical expressions are presented in a fashion that is mysterious yet instantly accessible. A distinct feeling of quixotic musing is evoked by what has come to be known as the "chillwave'" sound, its characteristics being lush, reverberated soundscapes, manipulated synthesizer presets, and consistently lo-fi beats that recall and '80s electro-pop sounds. Greene epitomizes all of this on a mini-album that can be enjoyed on either casual or close listen.

Loop-based song structures are stock and trade of bedroom laptoppers; the form is simple and familiar, a consistent 'boom-bap' beat format with repetitive hooks, and that's the point, being pop music after all. Albeit blurry, faded and ethereal, yet at its core, Life of Leisure is unmistakably catchy. It's the sense of longing present in the vocals that resonates upon further inspection, while the ennui is subtler. But there is no mistaking its presence. Amid the pleasant drone, the inextricable ache associated with remembering what cannot be relived is apparent. The overwhelmingly sweet sensation that manifests in spite of this is realized, and for that present moment, it feels really good all around.

Reviewed by Eric Collin Wedgewood


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