Whatever “chillwave” as a genre tag was, it’s dead. However, its two biggest names, Toro Y Moi and Washed Out, have both (maybe coincedentally) evolved into something a little less ephemeral: electronic-savvy, funk machines. As he’s gained more prominence, Ernest Greene’s initially bedroom-sized project has become something more visceral and muscular in a live setting. So while the biggest cheers during their Sasquatch set were for “Feel It All Around” – there was no way the Portlandia theme song was not going to be a hit – the crowd slinked around throughout the whole, Paracosm-heavy set. Greene himself is improving as a frontman, engaging with the crowd with confidence, certainly a result of Washed Out being a staple of the 2013-14 festival circuit. Greene’s songwriting is ultimately still a fairly personally-themed style, but if his Saturday evening set proved anything, it’s that he’s better at channeling all he knows into a groovy, heady way to a large audience.
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