2. Washed Out - "Feel It All Around." Washed Out offers a different kind of ambient experience than Grouper. Its more sensual, and optimistic, capturing the pleasures of "feeling" [it all around] rather than the anxieties of "being" [her shadow]. But they're both mood music, and on "Feel" we hear the passionate sounds of, well, passion. The sunny waves of synths, raunchy bassline, "washed out" vocals, and tinny drums make for one very erotic song, which Annie described as 80's porn music. I think that shows how evocative "Feel" is, but I'd argue it's not nearly as cheesy!
3. Washed Out - "All I Know." Comparing album covers between Washed Out albums hints at the differences between "Feel It All Around" and "All I Know." While "Feel" has a narcotic, sunset-on-the-beach vibe, "All I Know" is more florid, colored by twinkling and sliding synths. And whereas the sensual "Feel" captures and itself creates passion, "All I Know" has less of a visceral effect; it's easier just to get lost in the pretty sounds that WO beautifully weave together. Maybe that's a superficial listen, but, for at least one month, it endured.