I'm genuinely amazed by how enjoyable the latest Washed Out record, "Purple Noon," is. Some of the tracks do fall off into the background and don't retain much flavor, but the standout tracks REALLY stand out. Case in point: "Paralyzed," "Don't Go," and "Time to Walk Away." Now, you might be thinking chillwave is over (in my heart it'll always live on) and that three impeccable songs do not make a noteworthy album.
Well, those assessments are not inaccurate. But I've found "Purple Noon" a wonderful soundtrack to work lately. Smooth, rhythmic, lulling, hypnotic in the right moments. Even recalling Sade in some places. Just a quietly gorgeous work from 2020. Listen to "Time to Walk Away" below.