Description: I’m of the belief that “Ironworks” is the single greatest song that Will Wiesenfeld has produced yet as Baths. While there have been numerous highlights so far in his young career (two of which already have been highlighted on this list, #142 – Miasma Sky and #232 – Worsening), nothing quite prepared me for the staggering beauty of “Ironworks”.
From its opening few seconds, “Ironworks” sounds more like an Antony & the Johnsons track than anything else Baths has done. This, of course, does not last as the signature stamp of Baths skittery electronics must (and should) kick in. Much has been made of the unique textures that Will Wiesenfeld gives to his songs–the crackle of dust on a record player, a child playing with drumsticks– but his melodies are equally powerful and “Ironworks” might have the best that he’s written yet. Add to all of this the power of Wiesenfeld’s voice and beautiful acoustic piano and you have one of the best love songs of this or any year.
More than anything else, “Ironworks” represents what could be considered an evolutionary leap forward in lyric-writing for Baths. Antony Hegarty, Rufus Wainwright, and Frank Ocean (to name a few) have detailed the secret love between a homosexual male and a closeted man, but rarely has it been described with such a fine balance of obtuseness, poetry, and relatability. The whole song is structured to break your heart, but no more so than in its final moments: