This week Hand Drawn Dracula delivered ‘Leaper’, the second album from Beliefs! The Ontario duo is Jesse Crowe (of Rolemodel / Praises) and Josh Korody (of Nailbiter / Wish), together they sound like a shoegaze equivalent of Sonic Youth. Jesse’s vocals often have that Kim Gordon punk attitude to them. It’s something that’s so hard to pull off, the “I’m singing this but I really don’t two shits” sound. Beliefs do it really well, and it sets them apart from dreamier shoegaze acts. ‘Leaper’ is an entirely new beast but it’s positively dripping with nostalgia, from the guitar tones to the song titles (‘Swooner’ ‘Drown’), to the artwork, even the lyrical references nod to the classics (i.e. “you shouldn’t taste, just like honey”). Beliefs make it pretty clear what they’re trying to do and ‘Leaper’ delivers exactly what you’d think. It’s unapologetic, this is your 90s band memories re-imagined in ten new tracks. Thankfully Beliefs don’t just spend the album emulating the greats, it’s full of solid song writing. The lead singles ‘Tidal Wave’ and ‘1992’ are great but in my opinion, there’s even better album cuts. ‘Ghosts’ is one of these highlights, it’s a really simple tune but has a great feel and melody. And of course, having both girl and guy vocalists is always a win, it keeps the album fresh. Beliefs haven’t set out to reinvent the wheel with this release, they’ve borrowed from the creative cauldron and they also put some back. If you’re a fan of the lead singles then definitely take the time with this one. It’s one of the stronger shoegaze records I’ve heard in 2015 and it’s consistent throughout. I’ve given it a few listens now and I expect it’ll grow on me even more. Pick up a copy via Hand Drawn Dracula, there’s translucent green vinyl on offer. More Beliefs ‘Leaper’ @ Hand Drawn Dracula @ Facebook. Beliefs - 'Leaper'SONGWRITINGSOUND & PRODUCTIONREVERB RATINGPRO'SSolid second albumGuy / girl vocalsNo fillerCON'SNostalgia may be too much for some!2015-11-174.0Overall ScoreReader Rating: (10 Votes) One Response Tom 29/11/2015 Firstly it great to see SBWT back again as it is the best blog around!! Got this album on vinyl the other day and I have to say it’s one of the best releases of the year. The production is not the greatest ever but just turn it up a bit louder. It is hard to use lots of effects and not sound a little derivative but the tracks are hooky and dynamic enough to get you past that. Top album!!