On the surface, it’s about as random of a collaboration as one could come across. Before Washed Out headlined the Great American Music Hall last month, Ernest walked a few blocks over to Hyde Street Studio C where Yours Truly did their thing, with studio engineer Scott McDowell (Birds & Batteries, Sean Hayes, Geographer) capturing the session’s audio.
The first striking thing about this video is the “soft rock” approach Erwin takes to the otherwise pronounced “chillwave” genre he’s been trailblazing. After a seconds of “Far Away,” a smooth saxophone rolls in, and the shot widens to expose the guitarist for San Francisco’s Tricycle Records band The Frail – Rob Pera evidently assisted on Washed Out’s set that night. A couple bars later, the camera scans upward to Ryan Lynch of Dominant Legs.
How were all these San Francisco musicians enlisted into the Washed Out band for this session? The Bay Bridged asked Ryan Lynch to fill in some of the facts:
Ernest and I have known each other for a while. He contacted me about remixing one of my early demos back when MySpace messages weren’t all spam. We’ve been in touch ever since. He asked me to play on this track a couple days before the session and I was more than happy to do it. He said there has never been any guitar on a Washed Out song, so I just made sure not to mess it up.
It’s safe to say that Lynch didn’t mess anything up. Rather, maybe it’s time for Washed Out to consider adding on a guitarist and taking this “soft rock” approach to a new level.