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  • Heartless is from Sean Nicholas Savage’s “Bermuda Waterfall” (May 13th, 2014)
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    Heartless
    remember when you used to send me butterflies
    across your ocean eyes?
    seduce the kingdom with your breasts?
    back in the jungle i was always heartless
    and fearless though my body was slashed
    by the hands of the teeth of love
    i couldn’t hide under clouds of blood
    in lipstick, in dress, i knew i’d become
    heartless
    don’t ask me why i’m singing here
    in the kitchen mirror
    entertaining him?
    the child who conquered the palace
    then cut me open and left me here
    heartless
    i blame your beauty
    my obsessive jungle pride
    for the final slide
    the same boy who once had
    sweet dreams of wings
    beautiful things that left me heartless

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    ~ EAST COAST TOUR JUNE 2014 DATES ~

    June 16 - Tallahassee, FL - Charles Mansion
    (w/ Slough Lorris, Smooth Church)
    June 18 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
    (w/ Go Cozy, The Sea Life)
    June 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Golden Tea House
    (w/ Alex G, Roof Doctor)
    June 20 - Brooklyn, NYC - The Paper Box
    (w/ Small Wonder, Florist, Told Slant)
    June 21 - Boston, MA - Roggies
    (w/ Orca Orca, Skinny Bones)
    June 27 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive
    (w/ Hundred Waters & GEMS)
    June 28 - Orlando, FL - The Social
    (w/ Hundred Waters & GEMS)

    More info at: www.facebook.com/events/499678546828166/

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    from Baths’ new EP, Ocean Death (May 6, 2014).

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    If you heard Obsidian last year, you already understand. On his sophomore album as Baths, Will Wiesenfeld fully shed of his sonic influences with a staggering work of graveyard beauty. Contrasts to the other artists became null. Giving it a 8.6 “Best New Music,” Pitchfork hailed it as a “subversive work that gets uncomfortably close to pop, confronting closed minds with what they don’t want to believe.”

    Always a gifted musician, Baths became a fully conceived artist: a songwriter of uncommon sensitivity, a whimsical and romantic spirit, and a lay-me-gently-down falsetto. Think of his Anticon EP, Ocean Death, as a companion piece—the Dia De Los Muertos to Obsidian’s Halloween. It’s title and the eponymous opening track existed before a single note of 2010’s Cerulean had been recorded. Darker in tone, they were always targeted for a sophomore album, but wound up a different cut of gem.

    Ocean Death is the exquisite setting. Just five songs and a shade over 20 minutes, the idea was to avoid over-thinking. Songs were perfected not embellished. The subject matter remains dark-tinted pop. “Ocean Death” reclines in the aquatic seabed. The lyrics are simple and bleak, but the effect is celestial. The 3 a.m. introspection and heart beat pulse are almost reminiscent of Four Tet or Pantha Du Prince. The pulse is almost minimal techno, but it’s suffused with maximalist emotion.

    A small part of Ocean Death was recorded in a hotel room in Spain, but it was mostly done at a friend’s home in LA, the same place where Obsidian was completed. Both records traverse similar terrain: morbid lyricism, direct vocal melodies, a felicity in subsuming electronic experiments into pop songs. It’s about death, apathy, and loneliness. It sounds like a final love letter to a chapter of life that has already ended—and maybe it has. Songs are currently being theorized for a third full-length, and the direction is vastly different.

    It’s not normally in Baths’ nature to rehash old ideas. In a sense, Ocean Death was an experiment to animate these beautiful but discarded fragments. We’re lucky they survived. Baths has a rare gift for cloaking melancholy with gorgeous arrangements. The emotions are raw, but the musicianship is refined. Guitars are scraped and processed. Vocals are clipped and layered, drowned and resurrected. But what lingers are the songs themselves; ideas fully formed and immortalized, built to haunt forever.

    —-

    North American Tour Dates w/ Young Fathers & P. Morris:

    04/24/2014
    The Space - Hamden, CT

    04/25/2014
    The Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

    04/27/2014
    Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME

    04/30/2014
    Bones Gate Fraternity - Hanover, NH

    05/01/2014
    S.A.T - Montreal, CA

    05/02/2014
    Ritual - Ottawa, CA

    05/03/2014
    Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, CA

    05/04/2014
    Magic Stick - Detroit, MI

    05/05/2014
    Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI

    05/08/2014
    The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN

    05/09/2014
    Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL

    05/10/2014
    Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN

    05/11/2014
    The Aquarium - Fargo, ND

    05/13/2014
    The Starlite - Edmonton, CA

    05/14/2014
    Commonwealth Bar & Stage - Calgary, CA

    05/15/2014
    Fortune Sound Club - Vancouver, CA

    05/16/2014
    Neumo’s Crystal Ball - Seattle, WA

    05/17/2014
    Rotture - Portland, OR

    05/18/2014
    WOW Hall - Eugene, OR

    05/21/2014
    The Independent - San Francisco, CA

    05/22/2014
    Cellar Door - Visalia, CA

    05/23/2014
    Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA

    05/24/2014
    Casbah - San Diego, CA

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