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Beliefs – “Retreat (Light The Fire)”

Flying is a privilege, not a right—these people should cheer up and enjoy their aerial abilities. Granted, all the disappearing, reappearing and doppelgangerism is probably irksome.

And of course, this is all taking place in the Matrix, as we see at the end, but if you can’t celebrate what you’ve got in there, good luck in the real world!

“Retreat (Light The Fire)” comes from Beliefs’ latest, Habitat.

-Scott Bryson

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Beliefs – “1994”

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.

-Scott Bryson

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Beliefs – Leaper

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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.

-Scott Bryson

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Beliefs – “1992”

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.

-Scott Bryson

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Beliefs – “Tidal Wave”

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?

-Scott Bryson

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2013 Albums of the Year: Beliefs – Beliefs

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2013. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with twelve records that unanimously wowed us this year.

So there’s this really amazing shoegaze album that came out this year. No, it wasn’t MBV (although that was a pretty rad album too); it was from darling Toronto duo Beliefs.

In 2002, the whole world was talking about the ‘Toronto Scene.’ Though things have slowed down here since, the scene is alive and well. Back then, it revolved around Broken Social Scene; this time, there’s no super group, no Montreal sub-category—just a bunch of talented bands getting their acts together at the same time, with an obvious DIY approach.

Local record labels like Hand Drawn Dracula, Reel Cod Records and Dine Alone Records are dishing out one great record after another. Toronto had plenty of local fare to consume this year, including releases from Fresh Snow, Odonis Odonis and Dinosaur Bones, but the cream of the crop here is surely Beliefs.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is their first album. It’s filled with sensibilities in its structure that would turn anti-shoegazers into fans. I love the way they can drop drone-y, rockabilly guitar riff tracks, dive right into a warm-cup-of-milk kinda song, then seal the deal with a Matthew Sweet-style joint. And why do they do it? Just to keep you from putting a pin in them.

Earlier this year, when Beliefs was reviewed on The Telescope, I remember thinking that I was too hot to listen to shoegaze at the time, but the “coat bed” reference had me intrigued. The clip up above for the band’s single “Catch My Breath” definitely cools things down, up until the fire montage in its middle.

Seems The Telescope prediction that this was destined for year-end lists was accurate. If you live near Toronto, be sure to catch Beliefs on January 14, at The Horseshoe Tavern, with UK band Toy.

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Beliefs – Beliefs

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The coat bed: it’s the bed at a party where everyone tosses their jackets. It’s also—if you’ll allow an obtuse analogy (they’re a dime a dozen, ’round here)—where you might imagine yourself when you’re listening to this album: in the bed, buried under the coats. There’s a weight on you, but it’s soft. You can hear the party, though it’s muffled. You could get up and join everyone, but it’s convincingly comfortable under those coats.

Beliefs is the sort of record you have to listen to all the way through three times before you can start to enjoy it—not to pick up subtleties, necessarily; the multiple spins are to train your ears. It takes considerable effort (at first, at least) to hear past the ever-present buzz of Beliefs’ guitars. There are sad-sack pop songs in here—think The Diableros meets Hawaii—and you’ll find them, eventually, like that time you found the schooner in the Magic Eye poster.

Destined for year-end top-ten lists, for sure. Check out “Lilly” down below.

-Scott Bryson

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