What we have here is unquestionably one of the most inventive EPs of the year. As we begin the (very) slow build toward the release of their debut album next summer, Bear Cavalry enter the next phase of their career with a 4-song musical odyssey that covers so much ground that it's impossible to know where to start with them. How about this: they're from Gosport, there's four of them, and their music sounds a little like the love-child of Everything Everything and Vampire Weekend - it's the first thing that comes to us, at least. They cast their net wide enough that different people will take away plenty of different things from their newest EP. Musically complex enough to keep most people guessing, with enough pop sensibility to earn themselves some serious recognition in the coming months, the quartet's inventive approach to music making is going to turn heads, without a doubt.

Lead track 'The Word 'Canoe'' is musically scattershot but driven by a pop sensibility that threads everything together in a manner that is simply wonderful, the rollicking grooves of drummer Matthew Cooke complementing interwoven guitar lines and the impressive vocal style of frontman Louis Pinder, its summery pop sheen giving way to a more low-key, acoustic guitar-driven section before it goes for a sprint finish with some furious riffing that appears almost from nowhere, the song finishing up a hundred miles away from where it started. This sort of approach is par for the course with the band, who have evolved considerably since last year's debut EP, Maple Trails; 'Aubrey Plaza' packs some wonderful turns of phrase into its lyrics, the music given an extra lift by some flamboyant piano playing as it twists and turns through different moods and dynamics. Then, the band drop 'Expensive Bracelet' into the mix, a superlative indie-pop song that shows that they possess composition skills that are well beyond their years.

Closer 'Trail Dust and Good Water' adds some extra instrumental colour into the mix; things are given a slightly psychedelic twist before being brightened up by the arrival of a trumpet, adding a completely different dimension to a song that relies on funky bass and yet more accomplished keyboard work, bringing Puryss to a close with a sense of style that most bands of this ilk simply should not have at such an early stage in their career. Winter will be drawing in soon, and it will make some of us wish that it was summer again, but we can honestly say that Bear Cavalry's debut album is another reason we can't wait for next summer. If you're in need of a winter warmer, then this dazzling 14-minutes-and-change EP (it doesn't even feel like half that, simply flying by) will do the trick quite excellently.