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May 3, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Today’s hand-me-down pop gets a handcrafted twist in the Believers new self-titled EP album, released on May 5.
The six-track release, completely funded by the nonprofit organization Kickstarter, isn’t just pop. It has bouncy bass lines, catchy guitar riffs, tranquil harmonies recognizable in the genre and more. Two main veins pulse through the steady rhythms on the tracks — nature and dance.
Water soothingly bubbles at the start of “Sleeves” until the pounding bass lines by Travis Boots excitedly interrupt it. The building beats resemble the path of a surging creek as it reaches the crescendo moment of a waterfall in the infectious chorus. Tradeoffs between booming rhythm and quiet give the EP a promising start.
“Forward Forward Back” immediately places us outside some sort of waterfowl-filled paradise. As the name implies, the song takes two steps forward and one step back by invoking contemporary and tribal music. The songwriters and vocalists Wesley and Tyler Powell’s positive lyrics keep the feet tapping in an urge to commence an impromptu dance.
Another track, “Far From Home,” steps down a peg but still manages to keep maximum head bobbing with the hypnotizing harmonies. Thanks to drummers Pete Hanson and Taylor Bacon, percussion elements are strongest in “Finder,” as the lyrics are almost as loud as the speakers’ boom.
With elements of White Rabbits, Vampire Weekend and John Mayer, Believers can be described as a conglomeration of superb musical talent.