It’s an eternal habit of music sites and blogs to settle on an instant formula of comparison from a new act to those artists with an established career, so that listeners can have a broad idea of what it sounds like. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable to “label” a new band straight away and relate it to bigger acts, but I can’t help saying that Incan Abraham brings the best of two favorite bands, Local Natives and Grizzly Bear. But hey, saying this is in no way a reduction of their character; it’s a way to say that what’s most exciting about the music of these two great bands is also there, sparkling in Incan Abraham’s music. It’s hard to put into words the good feeling of music that gives you chills, but what this new band brings is beautiful creations of textured sounds, made by echoes of percussion and the experimental exploration of synths, guitars and bass. And to feel the sparkles of their music by yourself, you just need to explore the band’s Bandcamp with all of their discography – and best of all, with free downloads.
Incan Abraham is a band of kindergarten friends, but it all began in 2009 during a summer spent in a cabin located in NY State, and a relocation to LA in fall. Teddy Cafaro (guitar and vocals), Giuliano Pizzulo (keys and vocals), Spencer Mandel (bass) and Andrew Clinco (drums) are a quartet that likes the process of working on new material and then releasing it afterwards. So, to date, the band has already released four EPs: Adult World (2010), Sunscreen (2011), Ancient Vacation (2011), and the latest, Springhouse (2012), the first one to be released in vinyl, out now on JAXART Records.
The first EP, Adult World, has an eerie vibe, in which the band settles its sound in gentle layers, balancing sound and silence with insightful choice. The following, Sunscreen, presents two new tracks and their remixes by other artists, bringing a more experimental approach with heavier beats and ethereal vocals (particularly well demonstrated on the track “Third Man”). Then, Ancient Vacation is the EP that starts to shape and suggest their current identity, which brings to us “a world-infused psychedelic pop” – as the band itself describes it. The highlight is the track “In Milan” - so pleasantly smooth. Their latest EP, Springhouse, follows it antecedent’s steps and has brought some buzz around the band, seeing them featured in Time Magazine, Pitchfork, SPIN and NPR, and also receiving great feedback about their concerts in SXSW and CMJ this past year. Incan Abraham has also had the chance to open concerts for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Delta Spirit, Here We Go Magic, Beady Eye, Milo Greene and many others.
Springhouse is definitely a key point in their trajectory, as it firms up their identity and is also a step ahead for bigger plans in 2013, starting with a West Coast tour in February and the first full-length to be released in summer. Until then, you can immerse yourself in Incan Abraham’s multi-layered and ethereal soundscapes by streaming “Springhouse” bellow. Also check out their latest video for track “Panama Dry”, included in the Springhouse EP, which will give you wanderlust.