Published Nov 17, 2017Whether due to the fact that both artists have been known to record their music alone in their homes, or the fact that both have expressed their love of opera and classical music, Will Wiesenfeld's music has often been compared to the bedroom pop of Michael Angelakos (Passion Pit). But with the release of Romaplasm, Wiesenfeld's third LP under the moniker Baths, the connection between the two has grown even closer. Over 12 joyful and crisply produced tracks, Wiesenfeld thrusts his habitually complex beats and rhythms straight to the forefront here, allowing the album to simply pop like nothing he's produced before.
On his first album in four years, the California musician makes this newly unveiled sheen work, as tracks like "Yeoman" and "Out" weave Wiesenfeld's trademark falsetto through driving and dipping synth rhythms, leaving nary a moment for the listener to catch their aural breath. Just to add to the audio commerce of Romaplasm, Wiesenfeld inserts gratifyingly listenable flourishes like the sped-up vocal hits on "Adam Copies" and the synthetic violin on "Superstructure." Even when Wiesenfeld slows things down, like on the shimmering "Lev" or the piano-assisted "Coitus," there's still a strong melody pulling the songs together and giving them a sense of buoyancy. With Romaplasm, Baths has released his most extroverted album to date without sacrificing any depth. (Anticon)