Review: Washed Out, Concorde2, October 23

It was a Wednesday night at the Concorde 2 and who made the trek? Well apart from the odd handful of e-cigarette, lynx Africa fragranced teens, it was mainly a late 20s crowd here to party with the Ernster. Looking as lovely as ever, Washed Out (real name Ernest Greene) led the newly arranged ensemble of five, including wife Blair, through a beautifully dreamy psychedelic-pop set.
Entering with ‘Entrance’ leading into ‘It All Feels Right’, the room was instantly transformed into a dreamy world where birds sing joyfully and we spend our days riding around on fluffy clouds of awesome. Although touring for the release of “Paracosm”, the set was nicely interjected with tracks from “Life Of Leisure” and “Within and Without”. All got onboard the Ernest Greene soundscape roller-coaster and after visiting Cali’s sunshine surf, took a much needed warehouse party pitstop and danced their grimy little socks off to ‘New Theory’ and Get UP’.
Having previously toured solo with laptop setups, the life the extra band members gave made the set tangible, real and substantial. It felt like the perfect mix of synth and old fashioned drums, bass and guitar. Can’t fault them for their performance but come on Brighton, lets dance a bit more next time eh.
Words by Amy Brown
Photography by Amy Louise Carpenter

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