Just yesterday, I was telling my boyfriend I hated listening to classical music while reading. It’s a paradox, I know, because I also can’t listen to music with words for the obvious reason that listening to lyrics interferes with my concentration on a book. There’s a fine line between boring orchestral music and complex instrumental music that distracts from the task at hand. Geotic knows how to walk that line, balancing minimal keyboard with heavier (yet subdued!) guitar chords.
Geotic is the project of California-based Will Wiesenfeld, better known as the electronic/pop artist Baths. Geotic recently came out with a new full-length Mend, which, according to his website, was recorded between December 26 and December 30, 2010 (and is available for free download!). To record 14 beautifully blurry and melodious tracks in four days time is no easy feat, I guarantee you (not that I’ve tried anything of the sort myself).
Wiesenfeld says that Mend is a “spirit successor to the Geotic album Hearth,” which can also be found on his Angelfire website for download (free or donation). With tracks named “The Sprawling, Glorious Newness,” “Into Some Spirit World,” and “Find Your Peace,” it’s understandable why he described Mend in such a way.
Fun fact: the cover art of this album is an Optomap Retinal Photo of his left eye.