Perhaps one day, I’ll grow tired of chillwave. The reverb-heavy vocals may begin to wear, the dreamy, drawn-out synths might grow tiresome, and the sappy, ’80s beats may become annoying. That day is not today.
Yes, although there is an astonishing lack of creativity and invention amongst the fairly new genre of chillwave, I still love that gimmicky, new-wave-on-acid sound. From Blackbird Blackbird to Neon Indian, the sound has not yet started to grow old.
I say this because today, I listened to yet another hyped chillwave artist. Ernest Greene, the man behind Washed Out, brings absolutely nothing new to the table. But hey, Within and Without is catchy as hell, and I just can’t bring myself to hate on it.
The repetitive and uncreative nature of this genre isn’t going to fly for much longer, though. Artists are going to have to start branching out, and incorporating other things into their releases. There’s going to come a day when we won’t buy yet another record full of only fuzzy-buzzy-bleepy-bloops. The recent popularity of Washed Out shows that we’ll have to wait a little longer for that day, but mark my words, it’s coming.
That’s pretty exciting to me. Chillwave is cool, but I can’t wait to see it updated. How sweet (and oxymoronic) would chillcore be? How about chill-punk, anybody? I’d stay away from chilldrone, but I’m sure it would find an audience.
But for now, we’ve got to stick with the wave. And I don’t have a problem with that yet. Just disregard that post on Toro y Moi from a few months back.