all words: Andy Hess
all photos: Julian Vu
Will Wiesenfeld, the Los Angeles beatmaker and songwriter who performs under Baths, is just one of the many artists who perform with APC 40’s and a laptop, but his take on the genre is an overly earnest and interesting one.
His hour long set at the Rock And Roll Hotel turned the downstairs at the H Street venue into a sweaty mess of skittish beats and stretched vocals. Playing material from his lauded album Cerulean along with a few new tunes — which were surprising, verse and chorus numbers instead of the sample based music he’s known for.
The set was front-loaded with more recognizable songs including “Lovely Bloodflow” and “Aminals” two highlights from the aforementioned Cerulean. But after thirty or so minutes, it all started to sound the same. Which is unfortunate since Wiesenfeld himself is all go on stage — turning knobs and going bonkers over his APC 40. That kind of energy fed the crowd’s enthusiasm, making it one of the more involved shows I’ve attended in some time.
While Wiesenfeld is definitely making interesting sounds from his machine, he’s limited by the same device. Baths’ future is definitely an optimistic one. The crowd ate up what he was doing and his stage presence carries a lot of the performance. But I’m more interested in how he will expand on the creative palette he’s laid down.