Within & Without
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Washed Out is the operational alias for Atlanta, GA s Ernest Greene, and Sub Pop Records presents the first Washed Out full-length, Within and Without. Greene recorded Within and Without with Ben Allen, who, among a great many other things, co-produced Animal Collective s Merriweather Post Pavillion, Gnarls Barkley s St. Elsewhere and Deerhunter s Halcyon Digest.
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If you’re an audiophile or have a good revealing audio system, do not buy the vinyl. You’ll be disappointed. This pressing sounds terrible. It’s shallow and is missing dynamics. It’s like a compact cassette playing through a cheap boombox. It sounds as if 96kbit/s or less MP3 files were used as the source for this pressing. I need to crank up the volume higher than normal to reach the levels I want. Simply putting it into words, the details are missing and it sounds flat.
Luckily, the digital download comes in lossless format which sounds tons better through a DAC. Will I return it? No because the digital lossless download sounds very good and makes up for the terrible vinyl. Also, the vinyl is white color and I leave it on my turntable as decoration…
The vinyl is white and physically very well made. It just looks cool.
Unlike many new vinyl records, it was very clean and there were no statics at all.
Digital download includes multiple formats: MP3, FLAC, and ALAC.
Terrible sound quality missing details and dynamics
The volume gain is very low.
Sudden loud hissing noise in between some tracks lasting less than a second
Definitely one of the top 5 all-time chill wave albums out there.
When I started listening to this album, I will admit that I felt a bit mislead. The album cover features two lovers in a sweet, passionate embrace, and I expected the album to immediately have a more erotic tone. But really, the first few tracks come across as breezy and summery, sort of the soundtrack to a meandering road trip on a lovely blue-skied day. Somewhere around the track "Far Away", however, the CD finally makes good on its promise of providing a soundtrack to sweet lovemaking. If the first half of the album sounds like a summery road trip, the second half sounds like lovers lying beside a campfire underneath the stars. The album closes with "A Dedication", a track driven more by piano and conventional vocals, which is a nice contrast to the textures and dreamy soundscapes that make up most of the rest of the CD. Overall, a lovely sonic road trip.
Moving from nostalgia to sadness to sex within the span of a few chords, this album is of fairly consistent quality and style from start to finish; every song is really good and you can tell he has honed in on his sound. While becoming somewhat predictable structurally, that doesn't matter much against the sheer feeling of the songs.
My 2nd and 3rd listen of this album was driving with the windows down and sunroof open toward/down Pacific Coast Highway as the sun was setting. For an hour or two I felt like I was in a movie.
The record is just not a very good pressing.. Yes, I know it's not 180 grams.. BUT for the pressing it is, it could have been A LOT better.. There are parts of the record that have 'soft rough' areas.. I'm not going to return it, as I got the free MP3's along with it.. BUT i think the overall quality control of the record needs to a bit better.. Especially coming from a decent artist.
But this music also works as ambient, chill music for working or sipping wine too.
Strong, yet not intrusive. Smooth, but not sleepy.
If you enjoy "Re-Creation" by Naked Music, or Music Brokers this will light your candle.
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To top it all off it was a colored record <3