While the Tallest Man on Earth might’ve gotten the crowd back on the festival bandwagon, it was Washed Out that built upon that sentiment, providing a much-needed outlet for all that pent-up energy. Ernest Greene, the mastermind behind Washed Out’s moniker, doled out his electro-chillwave aided by a full backing band. The drums, bass and keyboards added a great depth to the live performance, much better than having Greene hide behind a laptop.
Opening with the title track from last year’s album Within and Without, Washed Out was instantaneously met with dancing and clapping from a crowd that seemed all too eager for recess after being cooped up for the prior two hours. “We didn’t think we were going to play today,” remarked Greene, almost incredulously. The set continued with tracks like “Get Up” and “Far Away,” as Washed Out’s female vocalist and keyboardist provided great backing harmonies, her deep vocal register similar to Beach House’s Victoria Legrand. Greene never lost sight of the fest’s miraculous recovery or the crowd’s enthusiasm, gushing, “It’s amazing to have all of you guys here!” Amazing, indeed.