Release Date: Apr 19, 2011
Record label: Monotreme
Genre(s): Electronic, Alternative
Nedry’s debut mini-album Condors presents the band as a fascinating mishmash of sounds and ideas that shouldn’t go together as well as they do here. Wobbling, sinister basslines straight out of dubstep mingle with guitars that chime like post-rock or have a surprising rock crunch; live drums jostle against programmed ones; and Ayu Okakita’s keening voice floats on top of it all with a delicacy and urgency that recalls Björk. The Icelandic singer isn’t the only artist listeners will be reminded of while listening to Condors -- Goldfrapp, Burial, and especially Portishead are clear influences on Nedry’s sound.
It was only a matter of time before Dubstep started to seep into the world of art rock. Enter Condors, Nedry’s first proper full-length on the vastly underrated British indie Monotreme Records. It builds upon the momentum started by Thom Yorke’s The Eraser, and brings that energy into a sonic territory that’s like imagining the result of Massive Attack recording for the Hyperdub label.
There’s two sides to [b]Nedry[/b]. One is given to taking faintly voguish reference points, lopping off the sharp edges and smoothing out the kinks. It’s pretty, but weirdly bloodless – [b]‘Apples And Pears’[/b] builds from a folky, trip-hop refrain into a Hatcha-style wobbler with a Björk-y vocal, while [b]‘Where The Dead Birds Go’[/b] feels like [a]Portishead[/a] aping a [b]Luomo[/b] record.
Nedry are evolving trip hop in an enticing fashion. Mike Diver 2010 Initially very striking, Nedry’s debut soon reveals several influences that sit close to its surface. This is a collection that echoes a period of the not-so-distant past when slow beats and ethereal vocals were a pairing almost guaranteed to garner a four-star rating in the monthlies.
The future of electronic rock is happening now in the form of Nedry, a London, England-based trio of Ayu Okakita (vocals, percussion), Matt Parker (guitar, keyboard), and Chris Amblin (guitar, keyboard). The band’s debut album, the accomplished and aurally-arresting Condors, is a restless, richly-detailed amalgam of intricate, glitchy electronic ambience, guitar reverberations that range from gently acoustic to furiously rockin’, and ethereal to keening female vocals that recall Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Nicole Barille of mr. Gnome, and Bjork.