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Washed Out, Haerts

When: Mon., Sept. 23, 9 p.m. 2013

Paracosm is the second album from Ernest Greene, better known as Washed Out. You've likely heard his song "Feel It All Around," which became the theme to the hipster-joshing sketch comedy show Portlandia. The record begins with "Entrance," an instrumental of bird chirps over a bed of melting synthesizers. It's downright new age. Allow Greene to troll you a bit. When Washed Out arrived in 2009, after all, he was lumped in with "chillwave," a micro-trend of nostalgia-soaked, small-stakes indie pop that The New York Times dismissed as "hedged and noncommittal" and others laughed off for being new-age cheesy. But Greene's songs were more dance-ready and emotional than that trendy subgenre would suggest. On Paracosm, he aims for utilitarian relaxation music, with songs—"It All Feels Right," "Weightless," "The Great Escape"—that practically order you to loaf around. Despite his raised profile and two summers spent playing the outdoor festival circuit, where he supplied his rather slight electronic pulse to those who usually want to party hard, his latest will gently wash around you. —Brandon Soderberg

Price: $18-21

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