I trawl the internet and live venues for new music, primarily because I am in search of that moment where the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end; the moment where shivers run down my spine in response to atmospheric vibrations that a good tune pulsates. An ‘aural orgasm’ perhaps…or is that an ‘auralgasm’? Anyway, I am pleased to report that Washed Out’s new album Paracosm satisfied this search a couple of times over. OH yes!
Each track on the album reminds me of a summer memory I haven’t had, yet I want to desperately experience. Because of this, I have decided to structure this album review as a list of the fictional cinematic moments that some of my favourite tracks conjured in my mind as I listened.
‘Entrance’ and ‘It All Feels Right’ made me feel like I was bounding through the forest of a Disney movie, riding Bambi whilst birds braided my hair.
During ‘Don’t Give Up’, Sufjan Stevens and I were taking a boat ride along the Californian coast with the wind in my hair and sun on my face. So dreamy for so many reasons (love you, Sufjan).
‘Weightless’ made me feel like I was playing B-ball with cool kids in Brooklyn on a summer day, but under the sea. So many slow motion slam-dunks.
Throughout ‘All I Know’ (favourite alert!), I ran ecstatically through the streets, meeting old friends and family around every corner, and at the end we gathered for a jumping castle party!
Paracosm took me to the clouds where hipster angels played harps, gave each other tattoos and drank lots of cider.
Star rating: 5 out of 5
Here’s a lyric video for the track ‘Don’t Give Up’:
Now, have your own Disney forest experience via ‘It All Feels Right’:
Listen to Paracosm for yourself on August 13 and let your imagination run rampant. It’s quite the journey. Pre-order a copy now on Sub Pop.