Big things happened in 2011 for Greene; his song "Feel It All Around" was picked as the theme music for the Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein TV show Portlandia and Washed Out signed on with Sub Pop
. Greene's debut album, Within and Without, was recorded in Atlanta with producer Ben Allen, who had previously worked with Animal Collective
; it was released in July. After a long time spent touring behind the album, Greene moved out of Atlanta and relocated to a rural area outside of Athens where he could spend all day in an isolated environment making music. Influenced by this bucolic setting and the use of a wider range of vintage synths, Washed Out's next album, 2013's Paracosm, was much warmer and optimistic-sounding.
After the release of the album, Greene took a step back and began to reconsider the direction Washed Out was headed. When he reappeared in 2017, it was with a new label, Stones Throw
, and a visual album that stripped away some of the ambition of the previous two albums in favor of a sound that harked back to Washed Out's early chillwave days, but with a more assured production style. Made with the help of mixing engineer Cole M.G.N., Mister Mellow took two years to complete and was released in June of 2017. ~ Margaret Reges, Rovi