Published Feb 11, 2011Californian native Will Wiesenfeld is in his early 20s, but already counts beat purveyors like Flying Lotus and Daedelus as contemporaries thanks to the breakout success of Cerulean, his 2010 debut as Baths. Looking to keep his streak going, Baths has embarked on a lengthy headlining tour across North American, but as Wiesenfeld explained in a recent Exclaim! interview, that isn't stopping him from plotting his Cerulean follow-up.
Because of his busy touring schedule, Wiesenfeld likely won't be able to get cracking on his next proper Baths album until June, with a release tentatively planned for 2012. Still, he already has certain sound and approach in mind.
"I'm thinking it's going to be much darker and more introverted," he explains, adding, "I think Cerulean was a little easier than I might have liked to go with music. It was sort of like I built it as a first-impression album so I didn't experiment as deeply as I think I normally do when I record music... I did it because I knew that if I made an album that was much more experimental as a first album, it wouldn't do anything for me -- I would be in the same sort of territory as two years ago, looking to try and make a name for myself. So I made it very accessible on purpose."
As Wiesenfeld continues, it becomes apparent that his musical decisions are calculated with the utmost confidence. "This is my 22nd recording or album. I'm very comfortable with myself and the way I make music, that's never been a problem," he explains, leading the potential pressures of a sophomore record to hold no weight against him. "Regardless of what I do for the next album, I know it's going to be the best thing I can do. So even if it's critically not well received, I'm still going to be comfortable with it."
First off, however, Wiesenfeld is gearing up for his tour. He plans to fill the headliner role by keeping his energy up in the performances. "Right now it's just me by myself with a computer and a MIDI controller and I'm singing. But it's very physical, I'm very present, and that's sort of the whole point," he explains. "It's kind of limiting so I have to be all those aspects of the performance... I'm able to remain actively involved in the performance and there's a sort of feedback loop between the audience and myself. They're enjoying it, and then I enjoy the show more, and then me enjoying it more means they enjoy it more, etc."
Another thing inspiring Wiesenfeld to keep Baths in top shape are the supporting acts, Braids and Star Slinger. "On some tours it's weird with opening acts," he says, adding, "I would go out and see a show, it was always like you're nervous about the opening acts and they're not that great but this is 1,000 percent solid, all through the night. I'm so, so excited about being a part of the tour and the bands that decided to open for me."
All of Baths' upcoming tour dates with Braids and Star Slinger are available below. To coincide with the shows, Baths will be releasing a seven-inch with the previously unreleased songs "The Nothing" and "Nightly, Daily" on March 1 via Anticon. A digital version of the EP will also include the song "Sleepless." Check out "The Nothing" below.
2/11 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
2/12 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
2/13 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
2/16 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
2/17 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
2/18 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
2/19 Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
2/21 Columbus, OH - Skully's Music Diner
2/22 Urbana, IL - The Canopy
2/23 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's
2/24 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
2/25 Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar
2/26 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
3/1 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
3/2 Portland, OR - Holocene
3/3 Arcata, CA - The Jambalaya
3/4 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
3/5 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour