Obsidian - ANTICON
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Kenny S. McGuane on May 24, 2013
The sophomore album from LA electronic musician Will Wiesenfeld, known to us as Baths, is decidedly glum. And it’s no wonder. Following the success of his acclaimed debut album, Cerulean, Baths spent the better part of a year touring and then in 2011 was stricken with a nasty bout of E. coli, which left him bedridden for months. His sickness, justifiably, comes through on Obsidian, like the downtempo opening track “Worsening” or the ultra dark and gritty electro dirge “Earth Death.” But with or without the ailment, Obsidian’s tone is intentional, according to Baths himself: “I hope people understand that I’m not the depressed, suicidal and death-obsessed person the record may paint me as being. These are just darker areas that I wanted to explore.” And said exploration is successful. If you’re not bothered by the doom and gloom, Obsidian is just over 43 minutes of imaginative and spacious electro art—at times a bit jarring, but mostly beautiful.