Baths - Romaplasm
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #296 / 766
User Score
Based on 98 ratings
2017 Ratings: #519
November 17, 2017 / Release Date
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Anticon / Label
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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.

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.
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.

Loud and Quiet

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


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.

Tiny Mix Tapes

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

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.
Romaplasm is a delightful record. I love how theatrical and story driven a lot of the tracks are. His vocal style definitely isnt for everyone, though. Tracks like Yeoman and Abscond have so much charm and Human Bog is heartbreaking.
These vocals are hideous and they’re everywhere
When he sings "I'm queer in the way that failed me / I'm not enough of anything" and "I ran out of expectancy / Everyone alive live fuller lives than me", I totally cried cause this is the lyrics that describes myself..
A solid release from Baths even if they are some drab tracks within the mix.

Edit: Not coming back to this anytime soon
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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
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Added on: September 21, 2017