Face it – touring is a grind. Just ask sensitive, electronic music artist Baths, who headlines the ArtBeats after-party Saturday night near the Dogptach, with D33j, Penthouse, Penthouse, and Running in the Fog.
The 25-year-old Los Angeles laptop artist born Will Wiesenfeld finishes up a grueling touring season in support of his second and latest LP “Obsidian,” out now on Anticon. After playing one night in San Francisco and Seattle, he's “cacooning” on his home turf, about 15 minutes from the beaches of Santa Monica.
“It feels perfect. It feels like exactly what I need to do. I'm so very happy about,” Wiesenfeld says. “I've toured so much I'm not comfortable with the idea of a tour anytime soon.” “It's a mechanical zone for me,” he says, “And I don't find any inspiration from it.”
Wiesenfeld's a virtuosic performer, a classically trained, SoCal-raised pianist who does the job of four people behind a laptop, keyboard and bank of complicated electronics. He's supported live by Morgan Greenwood, who is equally deft on guitar and electronics.
Over the year, the duo mastered and streamlined their live set based on “Obsidian,” a moodier, more challenging record than Baths' landmark debut “Cerulean.” Baths' summer EP “Ocean Death” meshes minimal techno with emotive flourishes. It's heady, beautiful, haunting stuff.
Wiesenfeld is clearly in the driver's seat of his career, hoarding hard-gotten tour cash and thinking about the future. There's the gorgeous, new video game “Destiny” to try out, he says. “I'm going to do a bit of that. I'm doing some school, and exercising. I'm trying to start to write music and stuff.” Wiesenfeld is mentally outlining another album for his more ambient side project Geotic, then another Baths album, potentially with Greenwood.
But first, this ArtBeats SF show.
“It's going to be really great,” Baths says. “Touring is monotonous, but the shows themselves are always very exciting and full of emotion.”
The Pier 70 show at the bayside terminus of 22nd Street caps a day-long art fair immaculately curated by some of the best names in the game, including Jeff Whitemore (Public Works, Mighty), Kelsey Marie (Brooklyn's Fountain Art Fair), Peter Arko (California Academy of Science's NightLife) and Lauren Napolitano (White Walls, Shooting Gallery).
The weekend-long expo of galleries and artists includes three night shows; Baths' 9 p.m. Saturday show is sold out online.
IF YOU GO
with D33j, Penthouse, Penthouse, Running in the Fog
Where: Pier 70, 420 22nd St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday