We were treated to “1992” before their last record. This time around, “1994” heralds the arrival of a new Beliefs album.
Habitat comes out in September. The band’s Jesse Crowe has said: “We don’t want to be a shoegaze band anymore,” so we should be hearing something different from this one.
Performing at the nexus of the universe is certainly out of the ordinary, but they make it look relatively effortless.
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.
Looks a bit lazy, at first—stringing together an assortment of clips to build a video—but it becomes clear after extended viewing that more of this was made specifically for the occasion than at first meets the eye (if not all of it). Duff Mall!
The text is a welcome touch, too: “20 BAR INSTRUMENTAL” (with coloured progress, no less).
Whatever the delivery method, Beliefs continue to crank out gems. This one’s from their upcoming sophomore effort, Leaper, due out in November.
The screeching that’s currently injuring your ears is not a technological malfunction; it heralds the return of Beliefs.
“Tidal Wave” is set to appear on Beliefs’ upcoming Leaper album (due in the spring). If it’s anything like their last outing, we’ll be hearing all about it come year-end 2015.
To the video: Is music like this even on TV any more? Maybe we’re not watching Much at the right time. When the couch potatoes change channels half way through, by the way, it’s a Greys video that they land on, then quickly abandon, giggling. A playful poke? The birth of a video rivalry?