LeapFrog stumbles into their self titled CS with a twangy vocal loop that seems to be leading nowhere, but roughly a minute later they alter their Animal Collective esque vocal nugget into a psych rock gold mine. The mix on “Let It Go” is charmingly unpolished with the vocals way up front while the guitar and drums compete with each other to reach for greatness. The guitar is ripping and the drums are blown out, as they ribbit towards the end of track one the listener is left not knowing what to expect.
However, as this tape goes on we realize we are dealing with something a bit more realized. Bands like Drug Rug and Black Lips come to mind while jutting through this heavily rock n roll inspire psych mish mash. This stuff is good but part of me wants a bit more. I feel this band is at their best when they are using their musical craft to their advantage. More shredding could have picked up where their predictable vocal harmonies fell short.
In time this band could be the bee’s knees but for now they offer up this CS from Swan City that leaves me craving more. Get this tape to wet your whistle and wait.