Baths (musician)

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Baths
Baths Portland ME concert.jpg
Baths in concert 27 April 2014
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Boris Wiesenfeld
Also known as
  • Geotic
  • [Post-Foetus]
BornApril 16, 1989 (1989-04-16) (age 30)[1]
Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, United States
OriginCulver City, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • producer
Years active2007-present
LabelsAnticon
Websitewww.anticon.com/artist/baths

Will Wiesenfeld (born April 16, 1989), better known by his stage name Baths, is an American electronic musician.[6] He was born in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles and was raised in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. He currently resides in Culver City, Los Angeles, California. Southern California Public Radio described him as "LA's big new electronica musician" in 2010.[7] He is currently signed with Anticon.[8]

History[edit]

Will Wiesenfeld is a classically trained musician, and began learning the piano at the age of four "to compete with his brother".[9] By twelve he had "completely abandoned it," but continual musical experimenting led him to record his first piece of music at age fourteen. He released a few projects, including an album entitled The Fabric, as his previous moniker, [Post-foetus]. He also ventured into a more ambient style with side-project Geotic, which Irish magazine State.ie called "gorgeous".[10]

Will Wiesenfeld derives his current alias from his childhood memory of taking in art and music by dwelling on it in his bathtub, which he claims he was very fond of. Baths released the debut album Cerulean under Anticon in 2010.[11] He recorded the entire album in two months from his bedroom.[6] It was listed by The A.V. Club as the 21st best album of 2010.[12] It also made Pitchfork Media's "Album of the Year: Honorable Mention" list.[13]

His third album, Obsidian, was released in May 2013.[14]

On March 6, 2014, during a concert in Hong Kong, Wiesenfeld unveiled one of his latest tracks from his EP "Ocean Death", released on May 6, 2014.

On November 16, 2017, Baths released his fourth album, Romaplasm.

Style[edit]

The BBC's Mike Diver claims Baths' nearest musical soundalike is chillwave musician Toro y Moi.[15] Drowned in Sound noted Baths' use of "unorthodox" sounds layered in and around the electronics, in particular "clicking pens, vocal samples, rustling blankets and scissor snaps".[11] British newspaper The Guardian's Paul Lester commented he was reminded of "J Dilla playing around with the Pavement and Prince catalogues" while listening to Cerulean.[6][16]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Cerulean
  • Released: July 6, 2010
  • Label: Anticon
Pop Music/False B-Sides
  • Released: May 31, 2011
  • Label: Anticon
Obsidian
  • Released: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Anticon
Romaplasm
  • Released: November 17, 2017
  • Label: Anticon

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "The Nothing" (2011)
  • "Ocean Death" (2014)
  • "Dream Daddy" Theme (2017)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Lovely Bloodflow" (2010)
  • "Out" (2017)

As Geotic[edit]

  • "Eyes" (2008)
  • "Winter Loops" (EP) (2008)
  • "Duchenne Smile" (2009)
  • "Hearth" (2009)
  • "Realms" (2010)
  • "Mend" (2010)
  • "Bless The Self" (EP) (2011)
  • "Various / Singles" (Compilation) (2014)
  • "Morning Shore (Eon Isle)" (2014)
  • "Sunset Mountain (Eon Isle)" (2014)
  • "Neptune" (2015)
  • "Abysma" (2017)
  • "Traversa" (2018)

As [Post-foetus][edit]

  • "The 1st Will Wiesenfeld EP" (EP) (2007)
  • "The Fabric" (2010)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Daedelus - "French Cuffs" from Bespoke (2011)
  • Dntel - "Still" from Aimlessness (2012)
  • Groundislava - "Suicide Mission" from Feel Me (2012)
  • Cokiyu - "Twinkle Way" from Haku (2013)
  • Nobody - "Beaches" from Vivid Green (2013)
  • Ryan Hemsworth - "Still Cold" from Guilt Trips (2013)
  • Flying Lotus - "Little Hours" from Ideas + Drafs + Loops (2013)
  • D33J - "Wisp" from Death Valley Oasis (2017)

Productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A with Will Wiesenfeld of BATHS". The Blue Indian. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  2. ^ Laird, Christopher (November 20, 2017). "Baths: Romaplasm". PopMatters. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Copplestone, Joe (July 1, 2010). "Baths: Cerulean". PopMatters. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Clinkenbeard, Joe (June 10, 2013). "Baths: Obsidian". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  5. ^ Cantrell, Liz (November 7, 2017). "Baths – "Extrasolar"". Spin. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Lester, Paul (20 December 2010). "New band of the day - No 934: Baths". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  7. ^ Cohen, Alex (19 May 2010). "Will Wiesenfeld is Baths - LA's big new electronica musician". KPCC.
  8. ^ Segarra, Brooke (29 May 2013). "Review: Baths - Obsidian (Anticon)". CMJ.
  9. ^ "[post foetus]". Archived from the original on 2011-01-29. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  10. ^ Lacey, Adam (21 September 2010). "Baths - Cerulean - Review". State.ie. Archived from the original on 4 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  11. ^ a b Ellison, Kyle (30 July 2010). "Baths - Cerulean". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  12. ^ "The best music of 2010". The A.V. Club. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  13. ^ Neyland, Nick (15 December 2010). "Albums of the Year: Honorable Mention". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  14. ^ Liedel, Kevin (27 May 2013). "Baths: Obsidian - Music Review". Slant Magazine.
  15. ^ "Reviews: Baths - Cerulean". BBC. 3 August 2010. Archived from the original on 13 February 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  16. ^ McGhee, B (2010). "Baths - Cerulean". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 5 January 2011.

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