Washed Out hit the Ogden Theater on August 22nd, and Mister Mellow, their new Xanax daydream-esque album, took over. Released June 30th, on Stones Throw Records, the CD apparently comes with a visual accompaniment that Washed Out has made come to life on this tour.
Ernest Greene, was on stage with two others in front of what looked like very similar set ups with slight variations: the man on the left having guitars and bass, the man on the right having drums, and Greene in the middle with a microphone in addition to a beat pad and some synthesizers like the others. Perched in front of a simple screen in all white outfits, the projected 60’s and 70’s style psychedelic graphics turned the whole band into a piece of moving art, which was interesting to see come alive, and change throughout the show. When the shapes of their bodies weren’t being manipulated and portrayed on the screen in a pop art fashion, there were graphics of smiley faces, and electric colors that assisted the music in coming to life.
A nearly perfect mix of the new album and old favorites, this show seemed to be aimed in a little more of a dancey direction, which unfortunately didn’t include some of the more trippy interludes and vocal bits I would have liked to see be a part of this album’s tour. Favorites off of previous albums Life of Leisure, Within & Without, and Paracosm such as, “Feel It All Around” (the Portlandia theme song), “New Theory”, and “Amor Fati”. The highlight of the set list was definitely “Hard To Say Goodbye”, a single off the new album, and a crowd pleaser in the most mellow way. How you can bring the mile high city down into this sense of melodic, dreamy, euphoric pop, I don’t know, but Washed Out did it, and hopefully will be paying Denver a visit sooner than the last time we saw him.