Electronic wunderkind Will Wiesenfeld, better known as Baths, hits Missoula the day after the release of his sophomore album Obsidian. Baths builds complex and delicate layers of sounds off of sturdy drum and bass lines that could easily be mistaken for the East Coast hip-hop of 10 years ago (see Mos Def).
Baths' 2010 debut, Cerulean, brims with naïve optimism and playfulness so characteristic of youth that it brings you back to the days when every adventure felt possible. You know, before student loans and bad relationships crushed your wildest dreams. Much of the album pulsates with a visceral sound that literally pumps like a heartbeat heard through a stethoscope. The pleasant grooves coupled with soft and often indecipherable lyrics make it a solid first effort that only occasionally feels half developed.
Obsidian, however, is rumored to be just as dark as it is refined. Be prepared for a potential emotional rollercoaster if he plays songs from both albums.
- Dameon Matule