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Cerulean (Bonus Track Version)

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Album Review

It’s fitting that Baths’ debut album Cerulean is on Anticon, as Will Wiesenfeld’s music blends glitchy, hip-hop-tinged beats with delicate atmospheres. Cerulean sounds like the missing link between Bibio, Flying Lotus, Toro y Moi, and Dilla, to name a few, but Wiesenfeld has his own sound within that realm. He keeps his intricate rhythms at the forefront for most of the album, giving even some of the more reflective songs an undeniable energy, and many of his songs are dazzlingly busy. The aptly named “Maximalist” rides an ever-changing beat FlyLo would be happy to call his own as woozy samples float underneath; “Indoorsy” is another fitting statement of purpose, a cheery piece of dream pop that sounds like an album’s worth of ideas packed into a bedroom studio. Yet no matter how dense or complicated Wiesenfeld’s tracks get, there is still a handmade, organic feel to them that balances child-like playfulness with sophistication, especially on “Aminals,” where kids growl and roar. While the Cerulean tracks where Wiesenfeld sings are just as well-crafted as his instrumentals, his indie boy croon makes them more similar to the likes of Grizzly Bear and other indie rock bands du jour — however, there’s no denying that tracks such as “Lovely Bloodflow” and “Hall” show that his songwriting skills are just as sharp as his abilities as a producer. Sometimes his approach is so distinctive and intense that it borders on overwhelming, but the album has a few tracks where Baths pulls back on the fast and furious beats. “Rafting Starlit Everglades” is an impressionistic blur; “Rain Smell” revolves around soothing rain and bird samples; and the gentle “Departure” brings Cerulean to a gliding close. Wiesenfeld was still in his early twenties when he recorded this impressive debut, suggesting that Baths would only grow with time.

Customer Reviews

Great Debut!

For a guy that makes electronic beats in his bedroom he has this smooth soft vocal approach that floats and echoes throughout his music. This makes his sound unique and pleasant, and is great to listen to while relaxing in the sun or driving around this summer. This album is solid all the way through and showcases his talent to making amazing beats.

aaaaaaahhhh!

the most incredible most inspiring album I have ever heard. Really. "It takes a lot of courage to go out there and radiate your essence."

Best of 2010!

This album is one of the best albums of 2010- its unique, surprising, and stunningly beautiful. For reference points, it kinda sounds like what might happen if you threw Flying Lotus, Gold Panda, and Passion Pit into a blender together.

Biography

Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Baths is the intricate electronic pop project of Los Angeles-area producer Will Wiesenfeld, also of [Post-Foetus] and Geotic. Growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley, Wiesenfeld began making music at an early age, with his parents enrolling him in music lessons at age four (at his insistence). He began recording his own music in his early teens, but found his true inspiration after discovering Björk’s music. Wiesenfeld taught himself guitar, contra bass, and viola and developed a quirky, layered...
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