Tuesday, Oct 1
All one must do to realize the sharp difference in emotion between Baths’ debut album Cerulean and L.A. producer’s follow-up, Obsidian, is compare the album artwork. Where the first is a blurry, half-remembered dream, the latter is clearly a nightmare. Though both albums share pensive, melancholic tones,Obsidian delves deeper into darker areas like death and depression, in a more overt way. Baths, aka Will Wiesenfeld, crept onto the scene with 2010’s Cerulean, a curious mix of dream-pop and glitch-hop that reflected influences ranging from Four Tet to DJ Shadow, and Bibio. Musically, Obsidian, his 2013 release on Anticon Records, doesn’t stray too far from the lap-top-pop established on Cerulean—with exception of a heightened sense of urgency on many of the tracks—but the shift comes in the lyrical content. “Come kill me/I seem so brittle/come kill me/I seem so little,” Wiesenfeld sings on “Earth Death,” one of the album’s darker tracks. Much of the record was inspired by an illness that left Weisenfeld bedridden for an extended period of time. He recovered from that illness only to produce the most solid and critically acclaimed work of his brief career in music so far. Catch Baths at the Tralf Music Hall on Tuesday (Oct 1) with Jerome LOL.
– cory perla
7pm The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860 / tralfmusichall.com) $10 advance, $12 day of show
Below: “Miasma Sky” by Baths