Austin-based post-rockers Hikes create the kind of complex, hyper-technical songs that might inspire visions of Maps & Atlases and Animal Collective doing a syncopated shuffle in your head. After a hiatus last year, guitarist and songwriter Nay Wilkins reshuffled the band’s lineup, but they’re back to their old experimental sounds, with a recent four-song EP titled Lilt that features ever-shifting time signatures and dextrous melodies. Hikes is an appropriate name, too, not only because so many of its songs are inspired by nature, but because listening to them isn’t unlike following a winding path through the wilderness. You never have a clear idea about what the next curve in the road might bring.
— Nathan Weinbender