“[It’s] a love affair between human and concrete,” says Beliefs vocalist-guitarist Jesse Crowe, speaking about the Toronto-based indie band’s latest track. “‘1994’ explores the relations we have to the high rises around us, as living, breathing entities.”
Indeed, the seductive new song does a dazzling job of setting steely, urban structures with a sensuality typically reserved for flesh and blood. “It’s time to kiss… concrete,” Crowe repeats, and she and bandmate Josh Korody paralyze us with chiming, skeletal guitar and driving, rhythmic bass.
It’s the first song shared off Beliefs’ third full length, Habitat, due Sept. 22 via Outside Music/Hand Drawn Dracula. Check out the music video below, premiering exclusively on Billboard.
“Jesse and Josh brought an intense performance of subtleties that needed very little augmentation,” says director-editor Christopher Mills. “The edit dutifully followed Jesse’s lead as she inhabited the character of a caretaker of this strange ‘other place.’ I had to edit this one at a stand up work station because it was impossible not to dance while channeling the androgynous love child of Charlotte Rampling and Ian Curtis.”
Habitat follows Beliefs’ 2013 self-titled debut and 2015’s Leaper. If “1994’ is any indication, the new LP figures to augment the feathery, shoegazey dream pop of their past with stark, stylish post-punk. It was produced by Korody, who in recent years has leant his studio skills to attention-grabbing Toronto bands like Weaves and Dilly Dally. Additionally, the new album was mixed by Holy F–k’s Graham Walsh, who’s worked with Preoccupations, Operators, and METZ in recent years. The pre-order is available here.