BATHS – OBSIDIAN

Words: MAISIE RIDGWAY
May 30, 2013

Will Wiesenfeld is the single entity behind BATHS and May 28th saw the release of Obsidian, the adversary and polar opposite to Wiesenfeld’s first full length LP Cerulean. Obsidian’s a beast of hopelessness that explores the limits and mortality of the human body, desolation, cruelty, and a relinquishing of the present for a life in […]


Will Wiesenfeld is the single entity behind BATHS and May 28th saw the release of Obsidian, the adversary and polar opposite to Wiesenfeld’s first full length LP Cerulean. Obsidian’s a beast of hopelessness that explores the limits and mortality of the human body, desolation, cruelty, and a relinquishing of the present for a life in the past. It’s the result of Wiesenfeld’s ability to construct both remarkable melodic scores and well-crafted verse: a product to be proud of.

The impressive nature of Wiesenfeld’s penmanship is introduced to us on the first track Worsening as Wiesenfeld murmurs “Birth was a fat black tongue / Dripping tar and dung and dye / slowly into my shivering eye” to a choir of ghoulish distortion. Evidently Wiesenfeld amalgamates both poetry and production impeccably, establishing Obsidian as a transcendent album. No Eyes – trank no.6 – is a prickly soliloquy. It cracks into play with the sound of rocks being kicked off a cliff before proceeding to lyrical cruelty as Wiesenfeld sneers “It’s not a matter of if you mean it, but it is only a matter of come and fuck me.” No Eyes is a cold and unnatural exploration of the need for instant and anonymous sexual gratification. An exploration encapsulated in the nasty explosion of electronic ground noise that invades the track half way through. It’s uncomfortable and it’s supposed to be.

Despite the vastly different nature of Obsidian and Cerulean there is a correlation between the two. In Obsidian Wiesenfeld’s signature motif of pins and needle percussion and trembling vocals persist, indicative of the same sonic fragility and emotional intimacy present in Cerulean. Ultimately though, this latest record is a different pallet of expression altogether and bears the mark of a truly talented and versatile artist.




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