Day Ninety-Four: Albums You Should Hear – Obsidian by Baths

by Tom Noonan

Baths’s atmospheric and burrowing new album Obsidian can be imperfectly described as The Postal Service’s Give Up if it were rewritten by Darren Aronofsky.  It’s at its best when Will Wiesenfeld pushes his vocals flat against the music, letting them form a slight crust around the album’s expansive core.  His voice is more malleable, though, and can also fill in any empty spaces left among the complex arrangements, like roots spilling downward.  Obsidian is a dense album in the best sense of the word.  Listen to the standout “Miasma Sky” below: