Ernest Greene, the Georgia singer/songwriter and producer who performs as Washed Out, never set out to be a poster-child for a new, polarizing genre, but that's exactly what happened when he released his 2009 EP, "Life of Leisure." The record's fourth song, "Feel It All Around," in particular, came to represent "chillwave," the ambient, nostalgia-mining genre that combines elements of pop, shoegaze and psychedelia, among others. Greene's latest album, last month's "Paracosm," builds on the promise he first showed before the Internet's buzz briefly swallowed him. The songs still rely heavily on reverb and atmosphere, but they also expand his sound beyond chillwave's margins thanks to an emphasis on live instrumentation. Greene is still closely associated with chillwave, but his new music is richer than those pigeonholing him might expect.
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