Inca Hoots are a four-piece hailing from Worcester, they combine a number of different influences and genres to create a unique take on the indie genre incorporating everything from electronica to samba!
To date the band have built something of a loyal fan base on the back of their constant hard gigging around the local area and further afield, the band have been regularly featured on the likes of BBC Introducing and well as performing at a number of music festivals including this years Worcester Music Festival.
Creatures is the band’s debut self released mini album and I have to say it’s something of a corker, in fact so much so I’m currently kicking myself for not checking out Inca Hoots sooner, I shall certainly be catching them live in the very near future.
The seven track affair opens with a stunning statement of intent with Leafs, a glorious mix of swirling synths, infectious guitars and a glorious hook-laden vocal that instantly grabs the attention. As introductions go Leafs is flawless, it’s engaging, the lush instrumentation draws you in and the vocals leave you aching for more.
Luckily Creatures is no mere one hit wonder, the band follow up Leafs with the rather wonderful Light Pollution, a more delicate affair with twinkling keys, spiralling guitars and a heartfelt croon. Sleeping Lions continues the high standard with the band delivering layers of synths and intricate guitars, whilst frontman Stu Matthews once again unleashes a passionate indie drawl captivating the listener with both the intriguing lyrics and the lush instrumentation.
The likes of Sine Cera and Escailer have all sorts of layers and time changes going on that’s almost impossible to describe what’s going on, Escailer, in particular sees the band indulging in a stunning technical workout, seemingly crossing genres effortlessly as the track lurches through a number of tempo and style changes, bedazzling, intriguing and intoxicating the listener.
The mini album perhaps saves the best for last in the shape of 10,000 Alcoholics, a stunning combination of indie and electronica (complete with synth break down) and the simply incredible Cuneo, a track that combines subtle, bubbling electronics, marching beats, a wonderfully understated middle section of beats, glitches and synths, layers of looped guitar and the intriguing mantra like vocal hook of “we’re like little kids with sticks poking at jelly fish” a stunning finale to a dazzling release.
Creatures is a jaw dropping release, I’m not sure what I expected from Inca Hoots but I wasn’t expecting to have to pick myself up of the floor, the collage of looped guitar, subtle electronics, synth hooks and intoxicating vocals seduce and bewitch, the band have delivered a brilliant and unique debut that captivates and demands your undivided attention.
Rhythm & Booze Rating 10
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