#20. Washed Out, Within and Without
Label: Sub Pop/Weird World
Released: July 12
The first time you hit play, the unfocused soundscapes of Atlanta's Ernest Greene can sound a little bit like his moniker: Washed Out. There's nothing flashy about his sound—no bells and whistles that immediately jump out—but once you get used to the deliberate way he crafts songs, the layers of bass and percussion start to work their magic. Within and Without is an unhurried, arresting album that quietly earned its place as one of the records we just couldn't take off of repeat this year.