Washed Out - Paracosm
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Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #373 / 952
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Based on 151 ratings
2013 Ratings: #132
August 13, 2013 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
Chillwave / Genres
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Pretty Much Amazing

Greene’s shift toward beach-friendly melodies and more classic rock arrangements results in some gorgeous, shimmering moments. But it also results in Washed Out losing some of the gloomy energy that gave its sound teeth.


Even with the added instruments, the strength of Paracosm comes from adhering to what Washed Out does best. Nevertheless, this album is the sound of taking that methodology a step further while still making it feel like Washed Out.


Here he creates a fuller piece, totally unconcerned with its context and its audience. Hence why it excels. 


Paracosm is the music you'd play while lying happily in the grass, or hanging out with your besties, or living life with no cares or cavities.

Drowned in Sound

The naysayers may have a point, this might not seem like an aural paradigm shift to some, but Paracosm is still a vital progression for Washed Out.

The Line of Best Fit

Within and Without’s greatest failings weren’t its lack of earworm melodies or crystalline chord progessions; it was the repetitive use of formulaic textures and moods: something that’s been greatly rectified on Paracosm.

A.V. Club

Greene is no longer satisfied just to give people some giddy danceable jams for hazy summer nights. He still wants to see them dance, but he also wants them to feel utterly transported while doing so.


While Paracosm isn’t going out of its way to convert anyone, it’s a modest display of staying power, proof that Greene is a niche artist who hasn't yet suffered from redundancy. 


The core elements that made Washed Out’s first album a success are still present, but they are amplified and taken to entirely new places.


Though firmly in the dream pop niche, the record is not limited to electronic soundscapes or synthesizer-based melodies, striking a balancing act between those standbys and more organic components including myriad antique keyboards and strings.

No Ripcord

Even though there aren’t any forcible tracks or extreme depth to this album, it captures an experience that should be played out entirely.

Under The Radar

While not as immediate as its predecessor, Paracosm emits the cozy glow of an artist happy to remain in a comfortable sense of stasis. Giving in to its charms is really all you can do. 

Consequence of Sound

At its best, Greene breaks open the yawning synths to make room for labored bursts of live instrumentation and unabashedly sunny flair — but its weaker moments still resemble second-rate Within and Without outtakes.


Sure, he's created a beautiful ocean of noise, but such a vast sea can be immensely powerful , and the "feeling" that he's so desperate to convey too often gets submerged.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Paracosm is, at the very least, beautifully rendered wallpaper, and it’s hard to blame Greene for living in this fantasy for as long as he possibly can.


On this, his second album, Ernest Greene has a target on his back. How does he outrun that? The answer is simple: he doesn’t. He just stands and dies by the chillwave fort.

With an added array of instrumentation and improvement in songwriting, Paracosm shows development in Washed Out's aesthetic.

Loved: It All Feels Right, Don't Give Up, Weightless
Liked: Entrance, All I Know, Great Escape, Paracosm
Disliked: Falling Back, All Over Now
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: It All Feels Right, Don't Give Up, All Over Now, Great Escape, Paracosm, All I Know
Místico, la neta esencia del verano estadounidense. Tal vez no tenga tanto ese sonido electrónico de su predecesor, pero esa introducción de marimbas y arpas mezclado con el chillwave de Washed Out le dieron ese toque especial que no tiene ningún otro disco. El crecimiento de Ernest esta bien reflejado en sus letras. El Concepto del disco, de un lugar de seguridad, o como lo dice en la canción homónima "Our Sanctuary" esta perfectamente ... read more
Daytime psychedelia that mixes washed out's themes with a lighter, happier sound that has influences in classic beach and reggae genres.
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Track List

  1. Entrance
  2. It All Feels Right
  3. Don't Give Up
  4. Weightless
  5. All I Know
  6. Great Escape
  7. Paracosm
  8. Falling Back
  9. All Over Now
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Added on: May 23, 2013