What do you get when you mix softly smooth harmonies with a bass that is so infectious you might have to see your GP? There’s not really a punchline here – clearly I’m not as funny as I think I am – but you can take solace in the fact that rather than listening to me trying to be hilarious you can stick this absolute gem from Inca Maps in your ears and begin a venture into something new.
This particular corner of the ever-expanding field of indie pop is boosted exponentially by the bass being so well-judged yet it’s far from the only sound set to capture your imagination. There’s a stunning soundscape created as the band set out a whole mood, rather than laying down a few sounds and hoping something sticks. You’re listening to something that’s very much the complete package and the sheer level of musical intuition and understanding between the band members is clear to see. Or hear… They take cues from each other so perfectly they could probably give Ronnie O’Sullivan a run for his money.
With a gentleness and calmness that doesn’t ever try to be too clever for its own good this debut outing from the Londoners is a stellar first effort and I hope to hear much more from them in the near future.