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  • Summary: The second full-length release for Ernest Greene was produced with Ben H. Allen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Aug 12, 2013
    86
    Paracosm is a beautiful, beautiful album.
  2. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    What makes Paracosm unique from Greene’s previous endeavors is that Paracosm is like the voice of John in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, asking for balance in a world inundated by the synthetic. It gives us a little breathing room from all the heavy drops and synth-pop without totally giving the technological age the slip.
  3. Aug 15, 2013
    80
    Paracosm is essentially a travelogue, albeit wrinkled, scuffed, and faded so as to match the love-worn tastes of its creator.
  4. Aug 12, 2013
    70
    Paracosm sounds warmer, more enveloping; precisely because it’s so much more spacious, it’s cozier.
  5. Aug 20, 2013
    70
    Even though there aren’t any forcible tracks or extreme depth to this album, it captures an experience that should be played out entirely.
  6. Aug 12, 2013
    65
    With almost every track extending beyond five minutes, it can feel overstretched.
  7. 40
    Mostly, Paracosm is Chromatics if their nocturnal danger was replaced by nocturnal emissions, or Beach House if they got so stoned they forgot to change chords for minutes at a time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. May 30, 2014
    10
    I think this album is close to perfect. There is no skip content and its all this fantastic electronic sound. Like few other albums I haveI think this album is close to perfect. There is no skip content and its all this fantastic electronic sound. Like few other albums I have listened to it makes me feel something through its sound and lyrics. I honestly love the entire album from start to finish. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2013
    9
    Washed Out for me has, from the very beginning, always been about the search for the fragile balance between contrasting emotions and states.Washed Out for me has, from the very beginning, always been about the search for the fragile balance between contrasting emotions and states. Loving/losing, home/away, past/present, present/future. The most delicate of these emotions surface most when you're out of your comfort zone, in a stimulating environment a dreamworld so to speak. With this album you are taken to a tropical place when you rethink your decisions and your life. The biggest contrast of them all, melancholy and happiness, tends to show its face once everything in your environment falls into place. The tropical birds, foreign instruments and dreamy chords take you to such a place, leaving you to absorb the amazingly simple but effective lyrics. "It All Feels Right", "Don't Give Up", "All I Know" and "Great Escape" for example swing you back and forth between ultimate joy and sad feelings about what could have been. A true winner, and one that has been on repeat for weeks! Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2014
    9
    This album reminds me of the value of listening to entire albums that is often lost in our singles-driven music world. Not just a couple ofThis album reminds me of the value of listening to entire albums that is often lost in our singles-driven music world. Not just a couple of catchy tracks with filler, Paracosm takes the listener through journey of emotions with tracks that seem to catch exactly what you are feeling at that time. There's something for everyone here: despair, sorrow, elation, and hope. When does one end and the other begin? Find out in the fantasy that is, "Paracosm." Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2013
    9
    This album is a very beautiful warm dreamscape, seamlessly drifting from track to track. It feels like very Warm drowsy music. If you areThis album is a very beautiful warm dreamscape, seamlessly drifting from track to track. It feels like very Warm drowsy music. If you are interested in chillwave at all give it a listen. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2013
    9
    I began listening to this album prepared to dislike it, based on the sheer number of pallid, synthy bands are out now. I was overwhelmed withI began listening to this album prepared to dislike it, based on the sheer number of pallid, synthy bands are out now. I was overwhelmed with warmth and goodness that came off it. It has turned out to be my favourite album of the year so far. Just perfect. Maybe slightly too perfect. But go ahead and love it. Expand
  6. Aug 20, 2013
    8
    We love albums where we can hear an artist perfect their craft. That’s exactly what Ernest Greene aka Washed Out did with his sophomoreWe love albums where we can hear an artist perfect their craft. That’s exactly what Ernest Greene aka Washed Out did with his sophomore release, Paracosm. This has to be one of the warmest, most colorful albums ever written. Greene carefully crafts cheerful beats from authentic drums and mixes in huge layers of synths, electronic melodies and vocals absolutely doused in reverb. If this album has a fault, it’s that it reaches near one-trick pony level; one can only stand so much happiness shoved into a record! This record’s sound is so unique and promising, and it’s presentation so professional, we have to include this on our must-listen albums list. Expand
  7. Aug 21, 2013
    8
    Ernest Greene has crafted a near-masterpiece of the "chill-wave" sub-genre in Paracosm. This sophomore effort is a euphoric, and bittersweetErnest Greene has crafted a near-masterpiece of the "chill-wave" sub-genre in Paracosm. This sophomore effort is a euphoric, and bittersweet album that seems to miraculously capture the essence of summertime as its coming to a close. A kaleidoscope of both organic and other-worldly sounds laced over dreamy vocals and hypnotic percussion. While many of the tracks stand strongly enough on their own, this music truly shines when the album is listened to from beginning to end. B+ Expand