Nedry – Condors Album Review & Photo Gallery

The instant I heard the opening track and single off Nedry’s debut album, Condors, I was excited. I began promoting it on a personal level, sharing it with all my friends with even a remote interest in electronic-influenced music. As far as I was concerned, Nedry were smart and deserving of attention. With the single, “A42”, they took the initiative of incorporating the popular fad of dubstep rock music, creating a hybrid that is not just uncommon, but surprisingly effective.

 

Released on Monotreme Records


Nedry @ The Social, London, UK – Photography by Sebastien Dehesdin

 

The first two tracks, “A42” and “Apples & Bears,” contain the aforementioned dubstep influences. The vocals of Ayu Okakita sprinkle into the tracks in traditional female-fronted downtempo manner, and recollections of Daughter Darling or Crustation come to mind. This is Nedry’s soft side — not one-dimensional, but definitely low and groovy, and punctuated by sleight-of-hand and wicked electronic layering. But this is just one of their many sides.

Listen to “A42”DOWNLOAD MP3

“Four Layers Of Pink” and “Scattered” show another side of Nedry. These largely instrumental songs come off a bit like segues and transitons, but they’re much more than just fluff; they bridge one divergent kind of music to another in style. For example, the ambient “Four Layers Of Pink” opens up to the strangely-titled “Squid Cat Battle,” a hectic track in which Okakita’s vocals are the centerpiece. They begin nonchalantly and build to the point where they sound like sirens emerging from a background of drums, bass, and droning electronic noise.

“Condors,” the title track, opens with insistent percussion and a sliding bass riff that absolutely dominates the atmosphere when present. The song soon splashes into watery tribal beats and sexy panting vocals that give it an almost new agey vibe. Yet, this calming introspection lasts on a minute, and the song soon bursts back to life with raucous percussion and bass domination. Its stylistic shifts are sudden, yet stray from feeling awkward.

Though buried beneath layers of experimentation and a deceiving electronic facade, pop-structured songs prevail on Condors. It is a framework that allows for Nedry to change between genres loosely and smoothly, shifting from dark to light and urgent to relaxed, on short notice.

Condors was released in the UK two months prior to its release in the United States. It has already received some rave reviews abroad; let’s just hope that the public States-side is smart enough to catch on.

 

Nedry Photo Gallery

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEBASTIEN DEHESDIN

 

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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