It’s tough to put a finger on exactly how Leaper differs from Beliefs’ self-titled debut; maybe it doesn’t. That’s not so terrible a state of affairs, considering the quality of that 2013 disc.
If there’s any tangible variation to be found, it might be that Beliefs are having more fun this time around. “Tidal Wave” (plus other tracks) is noticeably Smashing Pumpkins-like (from those days when everyone liked the Pumpkins). “Colour Of Your Name” opens with a bounce that’s reminiscent of Wilco’s “Heavy Metal Drummer.” A few songs close with joyous guitar outros that arouse like Wilco’s “Spiders (Kidsmoke).” (Note: this aside, Beliefs do not sound anything like Wilco).
Perhaps the only complaint to be levied here, is the absence of another “Carousel,” which is probably the best tune of its sort to come along since Low and the Mean Red Spiders were in their primes. Otherwise, Beliefs have given us another fuzz-lovers’ Shangri-La—a self-contained land of shimmering guitars and feedback squall.
Leaper comes out tomorrow. Check out the title track down below.