BATHS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - BRIAN KEANE

An­ti­con Stand­ing apart from the many acts em­a­nat­ing from LA, Will Wiesen­feld – aka Baths – has wasted lit­tle time in mov­ing from DIY bed­room mu­si­cian to full-fledged record­ing artist. This darker, less play­ful re­lease than his de­but places Baths some­where be­tween Fly­ing Lo­tus and Perfume Ge­nius, with the skil­ful, skit­tish pro­duc­tion nous of the for­mer cou­pled with the pri­mal and can­did lyri­cal con­tent of the lat­ter. Songs that be­gan life as sim­pler pi­ano and voice ar­range­ments are re­con­fig­ured into chasm-fill­ing elec­tronic pop, ex­em­pli­fied by the dreamy, crushed beats of Iron­works and the pul­sat­ing Os­suary. There’s an ar­gu­ment to be made that less could some­times achieve more, but be­yond the deep palette of sounds and Wiesen­feld’s in­stantly grat­i­fy­ing falsetto, Baths should be sin­gled out as a young tal­ent worth watch­ing. bathsmu­sic.com Down­load: Iron­works, Os­suary, No Past Lives

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