AOTY 2017
Romaplasm
Baths - Romaplasm
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #156 / 653
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2017 Ratings: #271
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Northern Transmissions

Romaplasm is an album tailor made for the repeat button, compulsively listenable without being exhausting. Wiesenfeld has managed to make a party record without the hangover, one that’s just as exhilarating as a geeky pleasure — and just as much begging to be shared.

85
The 405
Even when choosing to relegate himself as a backdrop, this is perhaps the most simply alive Baths has yet sounded on record, retaining enough of his emotional heft, while allowing for an entirely new collage of flashy, elated songcraft. This is Baths triumphant.
80
The Skinny

It’s all reassuringly consistent and distinctively Baths, managing to be both personal and kinetic as well as fantastical and otherworldly. He may not have switched up his style between albums, but now with this hat-trick of gems, there’s no need.

80
Loud and Quiet

Geotic’s soft textures are worked into moving vocal-pop songs, here, the most instantly satisfying Wiesenfeld has written.

79
Pitchfork

Without abandoning the conundrums that made Obsidian so emotionally indelible, he’s embellished the worlds of his songs with color from the dreams in which he’s immersed himself over the years. The setting may not be real, but the sentiment rings true.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Romaplasm sees Wiesenfeld embracing computer-generated ebullience while maintaining an understandably hesitant air about him.

60
PopMatters
Wiesenfeld is writing songs as a vehicle for his message, as opposed to the songs being the message. This is where fans will be split. Either you'll like the new Baths, or you'll see it as a little boring or schmaltzy.
Dec 11, 2017
itsyahboinoah
68
A solid release from Baths even if they are some drab tracks within the mix.
Nov 23, 2017
plowo
78
Favs: Yeoman, Human Bog, Adam Copies, Out and Superstructure.
Nov 17, 2017
pnrs
65
At times acridly sweet, there are still some redeeming qualities.
Nov 17, 2017
pbj
70
Romaplasm sounds like Bath's most optimistic release of his discography. It's energetic and frantic at times with music that sounds more free form and experimental than his previous releases. Will is still able to keep it melodically interesting though. That's one of the best things about Baths. His music always flirts with an experimental sound that lacks a groove but never fully crosses that line. His music is thought out to display an emotion. "Adam Copies" played as I wrote that ... read more
Nov 16, 2017
85
Great album. One of the best albums of this little bit undistinguished year of electronic music.
Track List
  1. Yeoman
  2. Extrasolar
  3. Abscond
  4. Human Bog
  5. Adam Copies
  6. Lev
  7. I Form
  8. Out
  9. Superstructure
  10. Wilt
  11. Coitus
  12. Broadback
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, boniverski, patton


Added on: September 21, 2017