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Life Of Leisure

March 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 1, 2010
  • Release Date: March 1, 2010
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • Copyright: 2009 Kemado Records, Inc. D/B/A Mexican Summer
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  • Total Length: 17:18
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  • ASIN: B003BNJQZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,037 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I am looking forward to more of his music!
Rhys J
The sound quailty on this lp is so bad that I almost threw the record out the window it's too bad that the LP sounds so bad becuse the music was great...
Larry W. Simpson
Nice to calm down in traffic and when you are stressed.
Davin Palmquist

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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Rizal Zein on April 19, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
It is no surprise that Washed Out's debut EP Life of Leisure makes more sense to anyone not born after 1990. It almost seems primed for listeners who were born or spent a significant part of their lives in the late 1980's and early 90's. First time listeners of the EP will be quick to note that the "sound quality" seems a bit off--many of the tracks sound as if they were originally cassette recordings which were probably shoddy copies of other cassettes. The entire album is a collage of these sorts of low-quality musical snippets, cut and pasted together in an almost sentimental manner. Life of Leisure sounds more like the musical equivalent of a graduating high school senior in the process of scrapbooking her childhood.
The premise surrounding the creation of Life of Leisure itself is nothing new. The album is a collection of obscure samples from a wide variety of places. The samples themselves are not necessarily "non-musical" samples--they seem more like soft tunes from 80's soap operas and television commercials. Sampling has been used over and over again in digital music. One of the predecessors to Washed Out's sound is most likely to have been Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry's musique concrete. Musique concrete, developed in the late 40's and 50's in France, utilized taped recordings and samples and mixed, spliced, split, and combined them together to create electroacoustic music. Washed Out seems unusually in touch with musique conrete--virtually all of their samples come from analog tape recordings with none of the music completely computer-generated.
Washed Out's use of samples is particularly unique, meant to invoke a certain nostalgia for those who lived through the 80's and 90's. Many of the samples are originally analog recordings from either cassettes or VCR tapes.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K.I.B. on January 11, 2011
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You never start or stop listening to Washed Out's "Life of Leisure"; you get dropped into and pulled out of it. It was there before and it will be there when you're gone; music that has no end.

Scratch that, you don't even LISTEN to "Life of Leisure". You feel it...all around. Like the warmth of the sun after climbing out of the cold pool, laying there with sunglasses on, eventually falling asleep, waking up in a haze and knowing you are glad you aren't doing anything else.

I may only be the tenth reviewer in almost a year-and-a-half, but so many of the true greats are late in getting their due. Perhaps I am premature in stating this, but "Life of Leisure" is an important record.

The best in years.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brenton C Little on April 2, 2010
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Not sure how to express what this album does for me. I instantly and honestly fell in love with "feel it all around." This song particularly took me to a place somewhere between childhood lake trips, hiding from my mom under clothes racks in department stores and that sublime bliss you have when you meet the girl of your dreams. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new sound in music that is tired of all the same old incest that we call "music" these days.

Thanks,
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin G. Benson on September 21, 2009
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Yes, it does have an 80's feel. Have you seen the movie 'Edge Of Seventeen'? I feel like this could be the music the main character wrote in his free time.

If you are a fan of bands like Junior Boys, Cut Copy, Presets, Hot Chip, Passion Pit, or Beirut's Realpeople Holland (the synth disc) CD... then you will surely love this album, and it surpasses some of those artists.

Can't wait for the re-mixes to hit the net!

Hand's down my favorite find of the year.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By essaydoubleyou on March 15, 2010
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Washed Out is a rising solo artist involved in a rapidly growing genre described by some as "chill-wave." Bands receiving this label fit into a controversial new niche in today's page of electronic music history. Like mash-up artists and laptop DJs, Washed Out has received some criticism for a lackluster live show. I recently enjoyed the privilege of hearing his live set, but unfortunately could not get anywhere close to the stage to see firsthand how he pulls off his mostly sample-based songs. All the same, I get the impression that the live environment isn't quite the experience that inspires his music. It's designed for a more relaxed situation than partying and dancing.
Electronic music is historically known for exploration. Some pioneers devoted themselves to exploring sound synthesis and the possibilities of new musical instruments, while others explored innovations made possible by recording technology and music production. I'm not quite certain whether Washed Out uses loops sampled from existing music or replicates those samples with whatever he has available, but his sound is mostly achieved through the recording and production process, and Sampling and manipulation has been used since the invention of tape recording, particularly with Musique Concrète in France and Electronische in Germany. The beginnings of Dub-reggae relied even more on the production studio as a tool for creating new music from recorded music. But the songs on Life of Leisure are hardly remixes, even if any of them use samples of other songs. The samples are obscure if at all recognizable, and the musician contributes vocals and adds his own synth lines.
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