Friday, 14 October 2011
Washed Out - Amor Fati
From his first full length LP 'Within And Without', comes this cut from former chillwave pin-up turned lovelorn romanticist Ernest Greene. Amor Fati, is quite simply a really bloody lovely song, the title even features the word 'Amor' which is Spanish for love. The song is softer than the song 'Soft' from the record, and is all transcending synth wooziness and subdued vocal pining from Greene. But amidst all the soppiness, is a tune that holds a slightly mesmorising motorik beat and is immersive as it is blatently heart-swelling.
As sickly sweet as it may be, Amor Fati is no doubt one of the standouts from the record, and is a world away from Washed Out's 2009 'Life of Leisure' chillwave benchmark EP. The only thing the song, and the album lacks to an extent is some balls. Whereas ambient electronic ballads are nice and all, they're nowhere near as exciting as Neon Indian's razor-sharp dark electronic pop earworms, or the funk journey of self-discovery Toro y Moi took on 'Underneath the Pine'.
Pleasant, but with room for improvement.
By Toby McCarron