Will Wiesenfeld (born April 16, 1989), better known by his stage name Baths, is an American electronic musician. He was born in Tarzana and was raised in Woodland Hills. He currently resides in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California.Southern California Public Radio described him as "LA's big new electronica musician" in 2010. He is currently signed with Anticon.
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Will Wiesenfeld is a classically trained musician, and began learning the piano at the age of four "to compete with his brother". By twelve he had "completely abandoned it," but continual musical experimenting led him to record his first piece of music at age fourteen. Under a previous moniker, Post-foetus, he released four albums and three EPs. He also ventured into a more ambient style with side-project Geotic, a project which Irish magazine State.ie called "gorgeous".
Will Wiesenfeld derives his name from his childhood memory of taking in art and music by dwelling on it in his bathtub, which he claims he was very fond of. Baths released the debut album Cerulean on Anticon in 2010. He recorded the entire album in two months from his bedroom. It was listed by The A.V. Club as the 21st best album of 2010. It also made Pitchfork Media's "Album of the Year: Honorable Mention" list.
His second album, Obsidian, was released in May 2013.
The BBC's Mike Diver claims Baths' nearest musical soundalike is chillwave musician Toro Y Moi.Drowned in Sound noted Baths' use of "unorthodox" sounds layered in and around the electronics, in particular "clicking pens, vocal samples, rustling blankets and scissor snaps".British newspaper The Guardian's Paul Lester commented he was reminded of "J Dilla playing around with the Pavement and Prince catalogues" while listening to the album. While much of his music is instrumental, it can occasionally incorporate vocals, most of them falsetto.