Within and Without - SUB POP
FILTER Grade: 86%
By Zachary Sniderman on July 18, 2011
Everything about Within and Without is washed out, from Ernest Greene’s lyrics to the way the mastermind’s keyboards dip and dive through waves of filters. It’s lush and aquatic, as if Kings of Convenience went to the world’s best downer dance party. Songs like “You and I” and “Soft” are driven by slippery propulsion and deep bass grooves, borne seamlessly and ceaselessly forward. Others, like “Amor Fati,” sound like Greene hit a bunch of pedals to see what would happen. Yet, Within and Without feels tentative and restrained; Greene has toiled in the chillwave hinterlands to finally release a beautiful debut, and he’s good enough to let it ride.