THE BEGINNING

This time last year Earnest Weatherly Greene was just a 26-year-old Georgian who grew up in the middle of an isolated peach orchard.

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Washed Out
Life of Leisure
[Mexican Summer]

This time last year Earnest Weatherly Greene was just a 26-year-old Georgian who grew up in the middle of an isolated peach orchard. He was making lo-fi rock under the name Lee Weather, but few people cared about that. Then he spent a summer concocting dreamy electronic pop, which those apathetic sorts quickly labelled ‘chillwave’. He’s spent the last ten months or so being sprayed with excited blog juice and hanging out with other hazy hip types like Small Black, so needless to say this UK debut EP is as widely welcome as Greene was at this year’s SXSW, where he promptly made most too soggy to tweet about the sun-dappled, euphoric time they were having.

On paper, it should be right up our street. The reason it isn’t is because ‘Life of Leisure’, while perfectly nice, down-tempo easy listening, simply isn’t worth the hype.

Where people seem to have gotten carried away is by believing the false power of Washed Out when listening to him as the sun sets and the BBQ sizzles. That would certainly make for a gently giddy experience – euphoric even if you throw in a beer and a day off – but on its own musical merits, ‘Life of Leisure’ is pretty forgettable stuff, much like Whitest Boy Alive.

Bear in mind, though, that these are Greene’s oldest tracks, released in the states in Autumn ‘09. New track ‘Belong’ is a vast improvement.

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Colours
Desert Dessert
[Sleep All Day]

London four-piece Colours are openly obsessed with American trash culture, from the burgers they live on to the motels they hit on a pilgrimage across the Land of The Free some years back. It’s perhaps not surprising then that they sound something like No Age collaborating with Sonic Youth to sound-track a teenage road movie. ‘Desert Dessert’ is their debut release that hangs onto the back of one massive static-happy chord and Yankee, detached vocals. Sure, you’ve heard bands like this before, but that takes nothing away from naive sonic rush here, or the melancholic ‘Losers’ found on the B-side.

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She’s Hit
Standing Stone Demos
[RE:PEATER]

To get your hands on ‘Standing Stone Demos’ you’re going to have to go and see Glasgow psychobillies She’s Hit play live, which pretty much means travelling to Scotland if you’re not there already. Regardless of the mileage involved it’d be worth it, as you’d come away with four Cramp-ish, murderously perverse, surfy punk tracks that slither the line of Rocky Horror Show and ‘Strange House’-era Horrors in Lux Interior PVC pants. They grave rob from Pink Floyd’s ‘Lucifer Sam’ one minute and order us to cut off our hands the next. And it’s such a convincing homage to ghoulish punk we might just do it.

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1,2,3
Going Away Party
[Chess Club]

Forget the name, 1,2,3 are a band of twos. They’re a duo for a start, from two different cities (L.A. and Pittsburgh), and depending on which side of this 7” you play you either get yawnsome, all-American, acoustic folk or Anglo disco glam. ‘Feeling Holy’ is the former – a lazy, heel-swinging pop track that tries to spoil the giddy mood set by the rather brilliant ‘Going Away Party’. It’s got its work cut out though as the A-side quick-steps with no uncertain amount of funk to falsetto-flirting vocals that sound like Tim Burgess. It’s the sort of pop that we wish Sam Sparro would make.

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Gold Panda
You
[Notown]

Gold Panda’s glitch symphonies rightfully landed him on countless Ones To Watch lists at the beginning of this year, but we had to wonder how he was going to match the oriental, continually charming stutter of ‘Quitters Raga’. ‘You’ is as definite an answer as they come. It’s still GP chopping up dub-step beats and cartoonish vocals – even if the scissors aren’t going in as deep this time – and it’s just as playful as anything else the Essex chap has given us so far. But for its heightened simplicity (the breaks less dramatic, the pace more contestant) it’s also infinitely more beautiful.

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Originally published in issue 17 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. May 2010

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