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Review: Baths performs at Union Transfer (and loves it)

DSCN1567Will Wiesenfeld does not work in studios.

An electronic musician under the name of Baths, Wiesenfeld prefers to create in the privacy of his own house. But for the crowd at Union Transfer on Thursday night, Baths made an exception to come out of his bedroom and spellbind his audience with complex compositions and one of the purest falsettos out there.

An artist of the Anticon label, Wiesenfeld is on tour to promote his newest album, Obsidian. It is the follow-up to his debut record, Cerulean, a masterpiece collection of entrancing experimental pop that has often been grouped within the L.A. beat scene (a label with which Baths feels rather uncomfortable). Cerulean, released by Anticon in 2010, made Pitchfork’s “Album of the Year: Honorable Mention” list — a nomination which it certainly deserved.

But this time around, Baths has exposed a more enigmatic side. His tone has become deeper and darker, disregarding the breathlessness that defined Cerulean. He explores pain and confusion in his lyrics, introduces a fuller range of vocals, and includes some unexpected instrumentation. And it was this introspective mood — difficult, but just as valuable — that the twenty-four year old from California shared with the crowd at Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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WHY? announces new EP and LP and Fall Tour Dates (playing Union Transfer on September 14th)

Photo by Aaron Conway

The Cincinnati band WHY? returns with their first new releases since 2009, the Sod in the Seed EP out on August 14th, and a new LP (title TBA) to follow later next Fall. The EP is the band’s first record since 2009’s Eskimo Snow and was mixed by Graham Marsh who has also worked with Katy Perry and Cee-Lo Green. The bands U.S. Fall tour makes a stop at Union Transfer on September 14th. Tickets to the show will be $15; they go on sale Friday at noon.