Amongst all the other good things that Huw Stephens has done this week, he can also be credited as having created this post, for after the Internet Forever session the other day, he played a band called Nedry. As it turns out, they are pretty good.
Huw himself referred to the band as dubstep, and it’s clear just how much influence the genre has had upon the band, with their use of heavy electronic beats, but it’s more comparable to trip-hop and, obviously, Portishead. Their songs can be sparse, but still instense and beautiful – having a female vocalist can’t help but encourage the comparisons. They don’t sound remarkably similar, but the paradoxical usage of simple, stripped down songs to create something intricate is something very very special.
Formed in London, 2008, the band are touring Japan at the minute according to their myspace, and their debut album Condors is out now. It’s available to stream from all over the place, most notably here. Whether or not their female vocalist will stay with them long term is a matter of contention (she’s already left once), but for the minute revel in the title track from Condors: