In 2010, Los Angeles electronic artist Will Wiesenfeld, aka Baths, released Cerulean, a buoyant and bright debut album. Three years later, he marks his return with a more toned down and somber second effort, Obsidian.
Due out May 28th via Anticon, Obsidian, which is defined as “a hard, dark, glasslike volcanic rock formed by the rapid solidification of lava,” reflects not only the time Baths spent reading and researching the Dark Ages, the black plague, and Dante’s Inferno, but also the many months he spent bedridden because of the E. Coli virus.
“Anything I found that felt like a unique vision of darker emotions or atmospheres, I tried to absorb,” Baths said in a press release. “Being a positive and outgoing guy made it that much more difficult getting into that mindset. It was a matter of tapping into that and returning with songs that felt genuine and somehow from my own personal experience.”
Preview the 10-track LP by streaming its brooding lead single, “Miasma Sky”, below. Also check out the full tracklist and Wiesenfeld’s upcoming tour schedule, which includes dates with The Postal Service and WHY?.
02. Miasma Sky
06. No Eyes
08. No Past Lives
09. Earth Death
Baths 2013 Tour Dates:
03/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
03/10 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre *
03/11 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls *
03/12 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit *
03/13-16 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
04/09 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre #
04/10 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center #
04/12 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Madonna Expo Center #
04/15 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater #
* = w/ WHY?
# = w/ The Postal Service