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From his astonishing 2010 album to his brilliant recent show in Dublin, I’ve had plenty of good things to say about Will Wisenfeld aka Baths. Pop Music/False B-sides is Baths latest offering. It’s not exactly the follow-up album to Cerulean, Wisenfeld has a bundle of new songs on his hands, some of which he dropped at the Workman Club, Pop Music/False B-sides is a collection of these songs. It lacks the cohesion of Cerulean, the slower tunes are much more melodic while the experimental numbers have extra bleepy effects. While not the complete album, it rarely misfires and has undeniable moments of beauty, like this.
It basically couldn’t have been a bad gig. I mean, it was Baths and Solar Bears. On a personal level Cerulean was by a distance my favourite album of 2010 while She Was Coloured in took the honour of favourite Irish album of the year (how it evaded Choice Music Prize nomination I’ll never know). Dublin’s funky Workman’s Club was suitably busy for such an appetising line-up and on entry the danceable beats of Solar Bears were audible. An infectious case of head nod swept across those assembled appreciating the clean sound. A personal highlight was single Dolls which ended the Leinster duo’s unerring set.
And then came the main event, Will Wiesenfeld, aka Baths, made his understated entrance but couldn’t escape the onslaught of cheers and applause as the crowd refused to let him slip straight into the formalities. He was quite obviously taken aback by the reception. I had actually shared a few words with him during the Solar Bears set and he was as friendly and nice as his music is engaging. There’s always the fear that a solo electronic artist will not offer enough presence to entertain a big crowd but this certainly wasn’t the case last Friday. With Cerulean only accounting for about half of the set the new tunes kept the fans guessing while some nice touches to the established favourites added freshness to the set. Will himself immersed himself into the show hopping, bopping and singing like it was his last ever show. There was also just the right amount of crowd interaction and humour to tie the set together.
Sublime. If you don’t believe me, here’s proof…