Baths (Los Angeles)
Will Wiesenfeld began studying piano at the age of four, and in less than 10 years he graduated to crafting Eurobeat music by way of a computer and a MIDI keyboard. After getting Bjorked (yes, the Icelandic Art Pop chanteuse is now a verb), Wiesenfeld shifted to a more organically Electronic direction that he dubbed [Post-Foetus] and an Ambient gig that he called Goetic, which ultimately led to yet another creative outlet, the Chillwave/Glitch Hop project known as Baths. Wiesenfeld’s output as Baths — 2010’s Cerulean and the just-released Obsidian, an album as dark and shiny as its namesake — are quirky delights, benefiting from his inherent ability to write in a song-based context while twisting and prodding the familiar genre elements into fascinating new shapes and pushing it into strange new corners.
YDIIYD: Toro Y Moi raises the ghost of Harry Nilsson and together they create the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s animated biography of Nine Inch Nails. (Brian Baker)