Mark McGuire's albums are, amongst many other things, strong arguments for the album and for the stereo system. They're not just music; they're statements, and they demand to be experienced by the best sonic means available. They're throwbacks, not in style, but intent and effect. Put another way they don't make them like this anymore.The wall of sounds contained therein constitute a degree of ambition uncommon since the 70s heyday of McGuire's forebears Gottsching, Eno, Fripp. This is not laptop music.Beyond Belief, his second full-length for Dead Oceans, finds McGuire now well on the way of his own trip.