Let Baths Change Your Perception of Live Electronic Music Tomorrow

June 14th, 2013

Electronic music isn’t easy to perform live for a lot of reasons, the main one being that it’s difficult to make music derived from a guy clicking away on his laptop translate into a compelling live performance. But Will Wiesenfeld of Baths doesn’t have this problem. If anything, watching the amount of work he puts into rebuilding songs before an audience sets new expectations of what an electronic-music show should look like. Turning knobs and pressing down on a seemingly endless array of buttons while keeping rhythm of the songs with his entire body, Wiesenfeld certainly doesn’t make piecing these tracks together look easy. But he does make it a pleasure to experience in person. Baths (above, performing “Lovely Bloodflow”) released his third album, Obsidian (stream it below), just a few weeks ago—upon which, Pitchfork instantly tagged the LP with its Best New Music label. And if there’s one right way to play this sound live, you can find out for yourself tomorrow night at Webster Hall. —Dan Rickershauser