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Leapling's New Album Gives Me Hope for Rock Music

The album is tastefully weird and complex, but manages to stay unpretentious. It's a nice reminder that you can still experiment without sounding shitty and indulgent.
February 3, 2015, 3:45pm

Genre rock is kind of like genre fiction. It's boring and paint-by-numbers, but there will always be a market for it because people hate surprises. You can be a successful garage rock band or romance author, but nobody is going to shower you in posthumous accolades or erect bronze statues of you in public parks. Those rewards are for the artists who try to do something different, and either force the scene forward or crash and burn heroically. New York four-piece Leapling is trying for something new, and the results are fantastic.

The band's new album, "Vacant Page," has pieces of psychedelic rock, dream pop, krautrock, and even some funk, but they synthesize the influences into something greater than the sum of the parts. The album is tastefully weird and complex, but manages to stay unpretentious. It's a nice reminder that you can still experiment without sounding shitty and indulgent. Leapling doesn't have a statue in a park yet, but they deserve one after making this. A plaque, at the very least.

Preorder Vacant Page here.