Baths - Romaplasm

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Postby Hugo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:05 pm

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Release Date: November 17, 2017
1. Yeoman
2. Extrasolar
3. Abscond
4. Human Bog
5. Adam Copies
6. Lev
7. I Form
8. Out
9. Superstructure
10. Wilt
11. Coitus
12. Broadback


OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG :o :o :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby Hugo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:06 pm

Beautiful cover, uh my gorgeous Will :cry: :cry: :cry:

Comfort can be a crutch or a conduit for a creative breakthrough. For Baths, it’s led to a level of artistic confidence and stability that’s allowed him to produce his finest work. Enter Romaplasm, a profoundly emotional record steeped in the at-home obsessions of LA’s Will Wiesenfeld.

“I’m not as emotive with real world things as I am when I’m neck deep in anime, video games, books or comics…” Baths says. “I wanted to be honest with myself that this is where my heart lies and where I get the most emotion out of life. I wanted a record that mirrors those emotions but in an indirect way.”

In his own singular style, Baths has created his own post-modern take on Romanticism. Romaplasm bears a similar emphasis on emotion and individualism. You can see the hallmarks of the movement’s stress on awe—and like many of the great Romantic artists, he confronts the gnawing chaos of life with a focus on beauty and the sublime. As the German painter, Caspar David Friedrich once affirmed: the artist’s feeling is his law.

“That’s where my head is at right now,” Baths says. “Anime and fantasy overdoes that too. It’s about taking ideas as far as you can even if they don’t work out. I’m trying to capture feelings that might be more obscure when translated to music, but always seem to resonate with me.”

For as long as Will Wiesenfeld has been Baths, he’s been trafficking in perfect—or, more often and more interestingly—near-perfect pieces of pop. After attending Hamilton High School’s vaunted music academy, the classically trained singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, first emerged in 2009, after a stint as [Post-Foetus] and the birth of another, still-active project known as Geotic.

His music, which merged the glitchy, punishing gloom of L.A.’s beat scene with sunnier melodies and vocals that often drifted into falsetto, was an instant sensation. It was as experimental as it was comforting, a warm blanket made from the rarest linens. Publications like Pitchfork heaped praise on his debut album, 2010’s Cerulean, which codified the sound; Obsidian, which followed three years later, in part chronicled Wiesenfeld’s recovery from a ghastly illness, and was even more well-received.

Romaplasm exists in the emotional crevices that are left unexplored in polite company or at stilted cocktail parties. Less outwardly grim than the darker half of Obsidian—but twice as bittersweet—this LP reimagines approachable pop songs as pieces of scaffolding that can be lived in, expanded and retracted, or torn down entirely.

The opener “Yeoman” could slide into Top 40 radio rotation, except for how tactilely you feel each component part, like Baths is constructing the record right in front of you, in real time; “Superstructure” marries an earnest and straightforward vocal to a track that’s glitchy and propulsive and could soundtrack the climax of a gritty art film.

As with any artist who toys with name and identity, Wiesenfeld’s nods to a life that is truly personal (rather than persona) are given extra weight, extra attention. When he sings, on “Human Bog,” “Queer in a way that’s failed me / I’m not enough of anything,” it’s dripping with the sort of despair that’s won only through years of lived experience. Wiesenfeld is an artist who, through his work as Geotic, has carefully deconstructed songwriting into its basest parts; as Baths on Romaplasm, he reassembles the pieces of his musical and personal lives in the most piercing ways imaginable.

As always, Baths is unafraid to run counter to his surroundings: delicate when others are posturing, gripping and visceral where others drift into the digital morass. But this record is not about contrarianism, or about rejecting the status quo. It’s about centering the things that are important to you, and doing so in the most honest way possible, even if that means **** things up a bit along the way.

“In making this record, I wanted to be as self indulgent as possible. To not think too hard about what I was doing stylistically as much as honing in on what material felt inspired and felt really good to make,” Baths says. “Those were the only things that I wanted to pursue.”


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Postby Hugo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:09 pm

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Postby Hugo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:15 pm

Earlier this year he released the best video of the year :cry: :cry:

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Postby Hugo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:19 pm

And this brilliant song for the gayest game of all time.

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Postby Hugo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:20 pm

His last studio album, Obsidian, was going to be my favourite release of 2013 until Beyoncé decided to f/ck my list. :lol:



"No Eyes" remains one of my favourite songs ever.
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Postby Hugo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:22 pm

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Postby Fan » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:52 pm

Wow! The cover looks absolutely stunning!
Yeoman sounds like a great track as well on first listen, but it's no No Eyes.
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Postby Hugo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:02 pm

Fan wrote:Wow! The cover looks absolutely stunning!
His gorgeous eyes <3

It's the first track of the album, it's not immediate but it's so joyous and uplifting, 'Obsidian' was really depressing, so it's a nice change 8-)
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Postby Vindrag » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:24 pm

YEOMAN!

Omg this person!!! Come and **** me!!!
Such a unique producer.

Excitment!
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Postby Fan » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:02 pm

Hugo wrote:
Fan wrote:Wow! The cover looks absolutely stunning!
His gorgeous eyes <3

It's the first track of the album, it's not immediate but it's so joyous and uplifting, 'Obsidian' was really depressing, so it's a nice change 8-)
Yes- very true. It's already growing on me actually, starting to like it quite a lot now. No Eyes is just something different.
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Postby Hugo » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:19 pm

"Yeoman" has been on my mind constantly 8-)

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Let's move from the stateroom through the galley
Deck level with stars like an endless sea
Flail me out onto the false dance floor
Take my face and show me what for

Your kiss is a swell
The feeling like a buoyant waltz
Look goddamnit no I don't know how
I love it though your steps are never gonna make a lick of sense


Left my life on the ground
To dance with you in the clouds
Forgot my life on the ground
Oh yeoman, we're far gone now

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Postby Fan » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:05 pm

Yeoman has grown on me soo much now <3
Serious a massive tune, bring on the whole album!
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Postby Hugo » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:02 pm



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Postby Fan » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:23 pm

Another great track, it feels a bit lighter compared to his previous work (even the album artwork shows it) but I like it!
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Postby Vindrag » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:16 pm

Wasn't sure about OUT at first.. but I'm defenseless.
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Postby madgikman » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:36 pm

I'm really feeling the 2 tracks teased so far.
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Postby Vindrag » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:06 pm

He performed the coming album, almost all new songs I think (except from Yeoman for some odd reason), yesterday in London.

Seeing him live was otherwordly! The energy is immense (I suspect Wil was on drugs though).... the production is so unique. Brutal!

I cried to Ocean Death.. and one of the new songs. He kept repeating "tell me that you need me"... and I just got so emotional. Beautiful!

The new album will be amazing!
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Postby Vindrag » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:14 pm

EXTRASOLAR :cry: album in 2 days!
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Postby Vindrag » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:57 pm

Album of 2017.. :cry:
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