2013 Albums of the Year: Baths – Obsidian


The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2013. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with twelve records that unanimously wowed us this year.

Don’t let the synthesizers fool you; Baths’ second album is dark.

The opener “Worsening” makes it quite obvious that Will Wiesenfeld was not in a good place while working on Obsidian (you wouldn’t be either if you were bedridden and battling E. Coli). “I might walk upright but then again, I might still try to die” Wiesenfeld’s fragile voice sings before launching into the tragic yet beautiful chorus, which you can hear for yourself in the live video posted below.

“Incompatible” is another obviously dark track, capturing the indifference one feels when incredibly ill, but songs like “Miasma Sky” will completely throw you off if you’re not paying attention to the lyrics. Sure, there are some “ta da da das” in there, and you could certainly get your dance on if you wanted to, but lyrics such as: “Talk rock shelf, are you maybe here to help me hurt myself? Miasma Sky would you swallow me alive?” do not paint a cheery picture. Check out the fan video above; you’ll see what I mean.

A deeply personal album, Obsidian (Anticon) has been on the Telescope playlist since its release in May 2013.

-Michelle Farres


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