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Day 2: Baths – Cerulean

2 Mar


Before listening to Cerulean, I had literally never heard anything by Baths before.  So when the album opened with some harmonious, angelic singing at the beginning of Apologetic Shoulderblades, I thought to myself “Oh no, is this a Grizzly Bear rip off?  Am I really going to have to start up this blog with two albums that I don’t like?” That’s why I was so pleased when a sample of someone saying “What the fuck?” interrupted the heavenly harmony.  Sure enough, those obnoxious vocals were chopped and altered from that point forward, with a great beat behind them.  It’s as if Will Wiesenfeld—the man behind Baths—is letting me know that he’s nothing at all like Grizzly Bear.

The rest of the album is pretty solid as well.  Wiesenfeld has definitely created a unique sound, one that I’m not entirely sure how to describe accurately. . . Maybe a mix of Local Natives and Passion Pit? That’s about as close as I can get. It’s electronic, and most of the up-tempo tracks have great beats behind them.  One thing’s for sure, you’ll have fun listening to this album.

My main problem with Cerulean is the large amount of filler.  It’s not Sleigh Bells filler, where the band was obviously struggling to put together enough songs for an album—there are 14 songs in total.  The album is long, too, clocking in at over 50 minutes.  It’s not that I don’t have the attention span for long albums, it’s just that I don’t see the need for some songs, like Rafting Starlight Everglades and Rain Smell, two objectively boring songs.

Overall though, I do like this album.  Wiesenfeld has talent, and a unique sound that I would love to hear more of.