Vallens – ‘Devour’

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‘Devour’ is a smoky slice of dream pop that would sound at home on the Twin Peaks soundtrack. After all, the band take their name from David Lynch’s Dorothy Vallens (Blue Velvet). The song is lifted from Vallens‘ debut full length ‘Consent’ (out now through Hand Drawn Dracula). The Toronto foursome worked with producer Josh Korody (Beliefs) on the album, as well as Jeff Berner (of Psychic TV). Stream in full below…

 
Vallens – ‘Devour’

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Beliefs – ‘Leaper’

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.

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Beliefs - 'Leaper'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • Solid second album
  • Guy / girl vocals
  • No filler
CON'S
  • Nostalgia may be too much for some!
4.0Overall Score
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Vallens – ‘Tennesse Haze’

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‘Tennesse Haze’ is an impressive new shoegazer courtesy of Ontario-based outfit Vallens. The group is lead by songwriter Robyn Phillips, who is currently recording a debut full length with Jeff Berner (Psychic TV) and label mate Josh Korody (Beliefs / Wish). ‘Tennesse Haze’ is a sprawling rocker that covers a lot of ground over its six plus minutes, the seasick guitars are held together with an 80s backbeat. Big sound, big tune! The single is out now via Canadian label Hand Drawn Dracula.

 
Vallens – ‘Tennesse Haze’

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Beliefs – ‘Tidal Wave’ [Video]

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Beliefs are back with a fresh single / video called ‘Tidal Wave’ (premiered by Stereogum)! The Toronto rockers also revealed that their new album ‘Leaper’ will be out next year through Hand Drawn Dracula. Beliefs 2013 self-titled album was one of the strongest shoegaze records of that year, featuring ‘Waiting For The World To End’, ‘Lilly’ and ‘Catch My Breath’ (as below). 2015 is looking rosy for reverb fans with releases expected from The Black Ryder, La Casa Al Mare, Venera 4, Cheatahs, 93MMFTS, Dead Leaf Echo, She’s So Rad, Wildhoney and Pinkshinyultrablast.

 
Beliefs – ‘Tidal Wave’ [Video]

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