Baths - 'Romaplasm'

8/10

After releasing a spate of new releases at the start of the decade, we thought we had lost producer Will Wiesenfeld and his Baths project for good after a sudden four-year silence. But then out of the blue, he returns with a brand new album, and from the initial listen it seems he has not lost sight of the brilliantly odd electro-pop that made us fall in love with him in the first place.

From the start, 'Romaplasm' is a disjointed collection of joyous productions that show that his time in the wilderness was obviously well-spent. But rather than work in the more contemporary arena of loud and anthemic singles, the record has this almost skipping pace to it. Never building up but simply maintaining a strong direction throughout, that ultimately leaves a smile on your face and a sense of optimism as it plays.

Some may find his style a bit too sickly-sweet in places, but once you get used to his sound, you'll realise just how brilliantly well-produced this new record is. A diverse and exciting release that reminds us just how much we need Baths back in our lives.

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