In addition to “Eyes Be Closed” and “Echoes,” another track has been released from Washed Out’s upcoming debut album, Within and Without, called “Amor Fati.” Washed Out, the stage name for Atlanta-bred artist Ernest Greene, is best known for his electronically chilled soundscapes, and “Amor Fati” is in no way a departure from his basic sound. Critics have quickly categorized Greene as part of the chillwave movement that has taken hold of the alternative music world ever since he released his EP, Life and Leisure, last spring. But if these leaked tracks are any indication of his forthcoming album, Washed Out seems ready to subvert its place in the genre and distinguish itself from the heap of artists that overcrowd this brand of music. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Greene is not opposed to a clear and discernable hook in his songs, and does not appear to reject the idea of creating music that is accessible to the masses.
With that being said, Washed Out does not, however, compromise his artistic vision in any way, shape or form. Anyone familiar with the teachings of Frederick Nietzsche can garner from merely the title of the song, “Amor Fati,” that the subject matter and message far outweigh anything currently on Top 40 radio. The idea of embracing your fate or, as Greene urges in the song, “let[ting] your faith decide” what you will find, is a method of thinking that has provoked countless debates in philosophical circles for years. Heady stuff for a chillwave artist poised to break into the mainstream.
Washed Out’s debut will be released July 12 on Sub Pop Records, and will be performing at The Earl in East Atlanta on July 2.
Check out http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2011/06/21/mp3-washed-out-amor-fati/ to hear the track.