First Fridays @ Natural History Museum with Baths

Spaceland Presents

First Fridays @ Natural History Museum with Baths

Peaking Lights

Fri, February 7, 2014

5:30 pm

Natural History Museum

Los Angeles, California

This event is all ages

**Advance tickets for the concert portion of the event are now sold out. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door on a first come, first served basis.

Baths
Baths
Three years ago, Baths dropped his startlingly beautiful debut, Cerulean. Released on Anticon, the record blurred the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat scene with devastating emotional clarity. Its tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky.

Cerulean earned year-end “Best Of” recognition from Pitchfork and The Onion’s A.V. Club and established Chatsworth-raised Will Wiesenfeld as one of the finest young composers (and falsettos) in Los Angeles. His sophomore album, Obsidian finds him emerging as one of the most complete artists of his generation. As you might expect, the name hints at darker overtones. The mood is shimmering and pitch-black, the lovely blood flow has turned into lava.

“I’ve always been inspired by really dark material and from the beginning I knew I wanted the songs to be much darker, both musically and lyrically,” Baths says.

Following the success of his first album, Baths spent much of the next year touring to progressively larger audiences. He also released an ethereal ambient project under the Goetic name. When he returned home in July of 2011 to record his sophomore effort, he was bedridden for months because of the E. Coli bacterial virus, barely able to digest solid food and bereft of creative energy.

Obsidian understandably has these scars etched into its imprint. The first song is called “Worsening,” subsequent cuts include “Ossuary,” “No Past Lives” and “Earth Death.” While the mood is often bleak, it’s never bloated. “Miasma Sky” balances being “swallowed alive by the sky” with a gorgeous piano groove and levitative croon that could detonate a disco club night. The album is unusually cohesive, suffused with heavenly choirs, head-nodding percussion, erotic lyrics, and wry humor

“The songs and lyrics all came out of a pretty fucked and arduous process of trial and error,” Baths says. ”But I hope people understand that I’m not the depressed, suicidal, and death-obsessed person the record may paint me as being. These are just darker areas that I wanted to explore.”

The areas of exploration include reading and research into the Dark Ages and the black plague, different versions of Hell as spied through Dante’s Inferno, the Bible, and old world illuminated manuscripts and paintings. These noirish fascinations met the virtuosic chops of a 24-year old who has been playing piano for 20 years.

“Anything I found that felt like a unique vision of darker emotions or atmospheres, I tried to absorb,” Baths says. “Being a positive and outgoing guy made it that much more difficult getting into that mindset. It was a matter of tapping into that and returning with songs that felt genuine and somehow from my own personal experience.”

This is the power of Obsidian. It combines universal questions with personal pain. On just his second album, Baths exhibits what only a few artists are capable of: painting in any shade they desire.
Peaking Lights
Peaking Lights
Peaking Lights the husband and wife duo of Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis have channeled a rich background of a lives dedicated to music, touring, and pushing artistic broundries into a band that reflects their relationship; a sum that transcends its parts. Finding themselves in a cross country move from the Bay Area to a house built into a barn in rural Wisconsin, Peaking Lights sound origin was created with humility and love with a personal touch directed by Aaron's home built synths, effects units, and rhythm machines. Peaking Lights have maintained a sound distinction all of their own fusing influences as wide ranging as afro beat, disco, psychedelic rock, synth pop, krautrock, reggae and noise into songs that are as smooth, lush and elegant as they are propulsive, rhythmic and noisy. Recordings were initially showcased on Night-People Records cassette releases along with their debut full length 2009's Imaginary Falcons which brought the band into full view of the underground music community. Imaginary Falcons quickly gained critical praise for its distinct qualities as a lo-fi masterpiece fusing analog electronics with blown out psych guitar flourishes, while Indra's warm drifting vocals provided an unexpected serenity to the music. Finding a sound related to but not fully in debt to Jamaican dub pioneers Peaking Lights continued writing and recording and in 2010 went into Flat Black Studio's to record 936 a recording that reached Peaking Lights full capabilities aesthetically merging dub and dance influences more fully into their sonic pallet already rich in electronic exploration. 936 retains many of Peaking Lights lo-fi electronic techniques but boosts the overall depth of sound to create a record that is lush in its use of analog delay, deep bass, rhythmic creation, and stunning yet simple vocal beauty. 936 was released on Not Not Fun Records in 2011 garnering even more critical praise for Peaking Lights. Currently Peaking Lights finds themselves tending to their new born son Mikko and planning for future recordings and tours.
Venue Information:
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, California, 90007
http://www.nhm.org/site/