I once heard a theory that popular musical genres recycle about every 30 years. If this is true, then we’re coming up on a resurgence of the beautiful ’90s. And if so, Toronto-based band Beliefs‘s newest release Leapers is perfect gateway into the re-introduction of reverb and fuzz into today’s indie scene.
Beliefs was born at a birthday party in 2010 where members Josh Korody and Jesse Crowe reminisced on the music of the ’90s, citing influences of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth. They have released a 2 song single, a B-side as well as a self-titled full-length S/T on the Toronto indie label, Hand Drawn Dracula. They’ve just released Leapers this November (also on Hand Drawn Dracula). This album is an experimental, shoegaze, dream pop concoction.
Leapers (also available as a limited translucent green vinyl) is a landmark for both the dream pop and indie genres. It opens up with the blasting drums and soaring guitars of “Tidal Wave” and continues into 10 songs of reverb, fuzz, dissonance and melodic beauty. Each song, beautifully crafted, is like an ice-cream sundae. Multi-layered instruments and noises bring their own flavors that slowly melt together and are topped off with dreamy and melodic vocals. This album hearkens back to the sounds of ’90s and is sure to become a staple in the future of shoegaze and dream pop. Give it a listen: