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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

That's My Jam!: Baths' "Hall"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM

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I'll be the first to admit it; I've 100% slept on Baths. Getting to know the whole mass of stoned beat makers down in Southern California's disparate regions can pose a daunting task for a music writer, so when I saw Baths (a.k.a. Will Wiesenfeld) lauded by music websites the likes of Pitchfork and Gorilla vs. Bear, I sort of tuned out. Thankfully, I was more or less forced to listen to the song "♥" from the producer's forthcoming debut, Cerulean, and I immediately understood why Wiesenfeld has become a poster child for indie-kids that can get down with shuffling beats.

Now, this song isn't my original favorite (you'll have to wait to cop that when Baths' album comes out July 3 on Anticon, but "Hall" definitely has elements of what I loved about the other poignant number. Aside from flexing a knack for complimentary atmospheres and unobtrusive rhythms, Wiesenfeld's primary strong point is within his melodies. Every part of "Hall" is focused around propelling the ethereal falsetto that brings the whole song together, and not once does the song falter from its emotional trajectory. By the time "Hall" is over, you'll be surprised the song came and went so quickly, but that's why Steve Jobs invented the repeat button.

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