After soaking up a slew of Mumford comparisons online, listening to King Eider‘s ‘Fire’ is a bolt from the blue. Far from mere earnest folk pastiche, the Edinburgh five-piece’s experimental breed of the genre makes the f-word feel way less stale.

With a twinkling intro that rouses like a baroque pop “Still D.R.E.”, the first track on May-released EP ‘The Beast With Two Backs’ is ear-grabbing from the outset. In an Alt-J-esque way, musicianship and harmony is the jewel in the quintet’s crown – with haunting orchestral turns à la Broken Records and off-kilter Wild Beasts-ish hooks coexisting to mesmerising effect.