- Summary: Darker themes and lyrics dominate the second full-length release for Southern California artist Will Wiesenfeld as Baths.
- Record Label: Anticon
- Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock
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Jul 23, 2013Obsidian makes for a totally immersive plunge and, depending on where you are with your own head when you listen, either a welcome gulp of fresh air in recognition or a chance to hold your breath and dive deeply into life’s darker materials until you have to come back up again.
Jun 6, 2013This album is truly a treat. I had high expectations for Wiesenfield as I adored Cerulean. He truly outdoes himself. Obsidian is filled with wonderful melodies (see "Ironworks"), off beat feels (see "No Past Lives") and gruesomely personal lyrics ("No Eyes," "Incompatible"). Not only has this album been great as a stand alone masterpiece, but it fits perfectly into music today. It contains universal themes about despair, love, and pain. With hope, this glorious album is not the creative peak for the endlessly inventive 24-year-old, but if it is he has given us the Album of the Year. There is no music like this today. It is original, emotional, dark, twisted, and beautiful. Thank You Mr. Wiesenfield, thank you.… Expand
May 29, 2013This album is beautifully crafted. It's dark, intimate, poetic and so sincere. There is not a song i don't like on this one, from the electronic piano ballad "ironworks", through the synth-popish "No eyes" (with the immortal line: "It's not a matter of if you mean it, but it is only a matter of come and me") till the glitchy and industrially infused "Earth Death" This album is nearly perfect in my opinion. Gonna place it high in the best albums 2013 list. His a brilliant lyricist, classically trained musician that is making amazing IDM. 9/10.… Expand
Jun 2, 2013I'm not particularly know Baths' releases and this is my first time listening to any of his works. "Obsidian" is somewhat a dark piece of LP. It fuses minimal electro music with pieces of what it feels like post music scene and Icelandish music. From Jonsi-like electro piano ballad "Ironworks" to the ominous electrobeat "Worsening", its an LP that apparent on drawing many influence, yet somehow feels darkly original. Definitely worth tons of spin. Highlight tracks: Miasma Sky, Worsening, Ironworks, Inter.… Expand
Jun 21, 2013Bath’s (technically) third effort, Obsidian, grants listeners with a rare vantage point to witness the growth of an artist in both their music and personal lives. After releasing what is essentially an album of B-sides during a 2011 tour, Will Wiesenfeld, the mind and man behind Baths, has graced us with the supremely dark and intrinsically real album the product of time spent penning while notably ill. You can probably take a hint from the album cover which features what appears to be a coal miner holding another, in grief.
In this release, we see a stray from the more poppy glitch beats of Cerulean, and venture into darkness filled with wandering piano notes, and a combination of synthesized and actual percussion instruments this evolution was as largely brought about because of Wiesenfeld’s desire to play with a full band, as it was because of his mental or emotional state during sickness. It’s evident from the very first track, “Worsening.” The lyrics begin, whispered, “Birth was like a fat black tongue Dripping tar and dung and dye Slowly into my eyes I might walk upright But then again I still might try to die…” The refrain is just as unsettling, with Wiesenfeld building to a wail, “Where is God when you hate him most When the mouths in the Earth come to bite at my robes Hell that sits below, of you would do well to bellow At the cold, the lifeless, the worsening souls.” The sounds are fleeting, and the listener feels a sense of despair, but somehow is proud of it. It’s an odd journey listening to this song, to be sure, and I’d say that’s a pretty apt description for the following 9 songs as well.
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Jul 12, 2013I buy a good percentage of what anticon puts out, but I found this a little bland and "pretty" by comparison to other label favorites like Doseone and Serengeti. I suppose it's well-made, but it's just not for me. 7 because I like it but it didn't blow me out of the water.… Expand
Aug 24, 2013Unsuccessful attempt at making a emotionally 'darker' electronic album. Everything sounds out-dated and uninteresting; for god's sake it sounds like he literally rips off Nine Inch Nails on a track or two.
Mind you, I was blown away by the eclectic adventures into sound on Cerulean, but Baths really dropped the ball on this album. Not to mention the sound quality is a bit grating overall, the mastering just doesn't sound right! I've attempted to listen to this album in my car, on headphones, on my turntable hi-fi system at home and after the first 3 tracks I find it hard to continue listening.
A enormous let down overall. Sad day.… Collapse
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