Romaplasm’s deeply reflective nature proves something sugar-coated doesn’t have to suffer a loss in sincerity." /> BATHS: ROMAPLASM | L.A. RECORD

BATHS: ROMAPLASM

November 17th, 2017 | Album reviews

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Romaplasm
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SFV-raised Will Wiesenfeld—who has performed as Baths since the release of his groundbreaking glitch-electronic record Cerulean in 2010—is a classically-trained musician and a vital component in our city’s underground post-Low End Theory “beat” scene, popularly regarded as one of L.A.’s’ most substantial recent musical movements. On his first Baths release in over four years, Wiesenfeld presents his most animated and cohesive display of musicianship yet. With an overall mood that embraces the fantastical, this high-energy—even effervescent— album marks a transition from the somber sentiments on on 2013’s Obsidian. Romaplasm is an intensely electric work of futuristic pop, with Wiesenfeld’s trademark falsetto and twitchy production style newly developed enough to accommodate the expanded essence of this new record, without damaging the hopeful idealism at its heart. Despite a newfound accessibility and aesthetic, Romaplasm’s deeply reflective nature proves something sugar-coated doesn’t have to suffer a loss in sincerity. Underneath these vibrant sounds and textures is the raw human emotion and sensibility of Will Wiesenfeld—just like always.

—Bennett Kogon