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Baths Concert Review
updated: Apr 26, 2014, 12:00 PM

By Rosie Sullivan

On April 5th, Velvet Jones welcomed L.A. electronic artist Baths (aka Will Wiesendfeld) to its stage. He is on tour in support of his newest album, Obsidian.

(Source: cityweekly.net)

Opening for Baths was a female DJ who goes by the moniker Astronautica. While she didn't engage her audience too much (not sure if dj's typically do) she was able to energize the crowd with her music and get everyone in a great mood for the night.

After her set, two men came on stage; one whipped out an electric guitar and the other headed to a keyboard. I tried not to have too many expectations about the show but I was of the belief Baths was only one guy! It was a pleasant surprise to see that Wiesendfeld has a new collaborator and bandmate, his friend Morgan Greenwood. Together, they were able to incorporate improve into the show and show off their incredible talents.

Baths’ music is composed of computer-based beats and whirling keyboard orchestrations. While his music is mainly instrumental, vocals are sometimes incorporated, mostly falsetto. He also uses unusual sounds layered over the electronics – such as YouTube samples, blankets rustling, and clicking pens. In concert, he turned it into much more than that.

The show itself was unexpected – in the best of ways. Somehow he managed to turn slow, mellow, minimalistic electronic into screaming rock and roll. Oddly, it was not a bad thing. On stage, this mid-20s guy with glasses in jeans and a t-shirt turns out to be an unbelievable artist and performer. While they didn’t play many of his best songs, the set list was still good – playing slower tunes followed by more upbeats numbers. The short and sweet songs melded smoothly into the next ones and high energy was apparent as Wiedendfeld screamed into mic. As he got more and more into it, the glasses even came off! Despite a minute of technical difficulties, the pair put on a solid hour set that everyone in the audience seemed to be enjoying. And after, Wiedendfeld himself was selling what merch they had for sale.

They filled the air with good vibes and even better beats. It’s kind of magical to watch people make their music even if it’s beeps and squeaks!

While Rosie recognizes that everyone has their own musical tastes and preferences, and that Baths is certainly not for everyone, she urges curious people to check out his first album, Cerulean.

 

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