Baths
Ocean Death


3.6
great

Review

by Jade EMERITUS
May 17th, 2014 | 53 replies


Release Date: 05/06/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Come fade to white with me

When I saw “Ocean Death” live last June, I was damned near convinced it was indicative of producer Will Wiesenfeld taking a creative leap, trying his hand at something distinctly darker. But no, the song is singularly sinister- its bass churns ahead at a rate more predictable than anything Baths has penned before. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that- hell, hearing the song live was life-affirming for someone who’s heard something they’ve cherished in each of the producer’s releases- but my mistake was that I thought the song was more than a red herring as to Wiesenfeld’s next steps as Baths. Indeed, “Ocean Death” is a misleading opener for its eponymous EP- as soon as the title track’s black fog crawls offstage, it’s replaced by the hiss of mist-tinged cascades. Ocean Death is the same kind of music as “Ironworks,” a series of delicate tunes that imply imagery instead of spelling it out for you. But the difference here,and the reason Ocean Death is more a blur than 2013’s impressive Obsidian, is that no personal stories are shared in these five tracks. L.A.-born Wiesenfeld, while still present behind the microphone, has vaguer experiences to share this time around, while his accompanying music is even more reduced than on his latest full-length. It’s easier to think about Ocean Death than to recall it, but such a change is hardly surprising- after all, Obsidian was one harrowing experience for Baths. He simply needs more time to muster up his resolve before he releases something truly affecting again, and I don’t blame him one bit for it.




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Jade
Emeritus
May 17th 2014


10698 Comments


Because I had to.

Rev
May 17th 2014


9816 Comments


From what I've heard off this ill probably like it more than obsidian, but great write up nonetheless dude

looking forward to hearing this in full

LordePots
May 17th 2014


38576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is great

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ShitsofRain
May 17th 2014


8041 Comments


I don't blame

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TheBarber
May 17th 2014


3602 Comments


We fade to grey

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Sleaper
May 17th 2014


3480 Comments


i should listen to this.. but im in no real rush. His last one was pretty shonky

Tyrannic
May 18th 2014


3291 Comments


I really like this guy ever since you recd him
to me ill have to pick this up

Good concise review btw, shorter and easier
read

Edit: what an perfect avatar

Phlegm
May 18th 2014


7241 Comments


shonky

Crawl
May 18th 2014


2409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is pretty great.

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henryChinaski
May 18th 2014


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is pretty good. Haven't really gotten into the first track though. Nice review!

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mindleviticus
May 18th 2014


9219 Comments


I've always found Baths boring

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 18th 2014


25167 Comments


I can cover this entire review with three fingers. Pos'd.

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Tyrael
May 18th 2014


21083 Comments


You have some pretty fucking big fingers then

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LordePots
May 18th 2014


38576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

or you have really small ones

Nikkolae
May 19th 2014


5193 Comments


or you have a really small screen

ShitsofRain
May 19th 2014


8041 Comments


or he only has three fingers

LordePots
May 19th 2014


38576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

or he was talking about chicken fingers

osmark86
May 20th 2014


5622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

short and concise. dug.

scissorlocked
May 20th 2014


3527 Comments


you had to! ;)

nice review jacob! gave this a listen, and was cool

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Jade
Emeritus
May 21st 2014


10698 Comments


thanks guys, and scissor especially! it's been awhile man, what've you been up to on your side of the universe??



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