Song of the Day: Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed

photo by Will Govus

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Eyes Be Closed” by Washed Out from their 2011 album, Within and Without on Sub Pop (out July 12).

Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed (MP3)

Seattle label Sub Pop continues to branch out with their recent signing of Atlanta, GA, musician Ernest Greene, who records and performs under the name Washed Out. KEXP listeners have heard his previous EP’s before, particularly Life of Leisure, which contains “New Theory,” a song we’ve featured before, and “Feel it All Around,” the title track to the IFC comedy series Portlandia, staring Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen and Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein (also formerly of Sleater-Kinney). Much has been said already about Washed Out’s affinities with the so-called chillwave (or glo-fi) genre, but like the similarly labeled Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi, Ernest Greene creates his own style of music that just so happens to occasionally have a very relaxed ambient style. A better analogy might be to Panda Bear or in general to Animal Collective’s breezier moments. In fact, Greene recorded Within and Without with Merriweather Post Pavillion‘s co-producer Ben Allen. One listen to today’s featured song, “Eyes Be Closed,” the first single from the forthcoming album, and you’ll catch the a bit of the similarity, and maybe even a little bit of Moby in there, but you’ll quickly be so entranced by Greene’s music that you won’t be thinking of influences, similarities or anything else while you drift aimlessly away.

If you’re heading to Sasquatch! this weekend, you’ll be able to see Washed Out perform on Saturday, May 28, in the Banana Shack. Otherwise, you’ll have a few chances to catch him in the U.S. before he heads to Europe for a few summer festivals. You can find more dates on his MySpace and Facebook pages. For now, here’s the video for “Hold Out,” using footage from the 2010 Spring Tour:

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