You guys remember Washed Out? Their latest release, Mister Mellow, is a visual album; two years in the making & totally worth the wait. This album is a refreshing, upbeat refuge from their ambient electronica signature you might recognize from the Portlandia intro.. We’re talking an experimental collage of styles as diverse as free jazz, house, baggy hip-hop rhythms, organ tones, & psych combined together with interludial voiceover samples that create this concept album about boredom & despair in the millennial age. Since Greene’s departure from Sub Pop Records, Washed Out is now signed to Stones Throw, a label best known for weeded-out hip-hop like J Dilla, Madlib, Dâm-Funk etc.
Stones Throw describes Mister Mellow as “A fully immersive multimedia experience, the album guides the listener through the highs & lows of this often ridiculous struggle. In classic Millennial fashion, most young adults’ perception of their own lives are overblown & over-dramatized to the point of absurdity – as are the many ways they distract themselves from the insecurities faced on a daily basis (see social media, fantasy, drugs, music). Mister Mellow shines a light on the humor found in this paradox – how we can be so bored and unhappy in what is often a very privileged, contented life?”
Among the relaxing, psychedelic “interludes” which make up the majority of the album, there are some standout gems like Hard to Say Goodbye, which has tropical exotica meets disco undercurrents, & Get Lost, which is described as a densely lush deep house anthem – these are obviously our favorites 💃🏻
With a video for every track, the non-narrative visuals serve as an accompanying light show; a collection of vivid animations (collage, claymation, hand-drawn, stop-motion) pulsing along with the music, echoing the reveries in the songs.
All in all, Mister Mellow is an easy listen, pleasing & prismatic. We highly recommend catching them on this tour if you can, or going beyond Spotify & experiencing this record with its visual counterpart.
Dega opened the night, which was a fun, pop Indie duo band from Athens, Georgia, now located in Joshua Tree, CA.