SYBS – ‘Olew Nadroedd’

SYBS’ debut album Olew Nadroedd infuses melodic indie soundscapes with hypnotic guitar riffs

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Cardiff’s indie-slacker sensation, SYBS delivers a sonic journey of raw emotion and unbridled creativity, now available through Libertino Records.

Produced by: Steffan Pringle

SYBS’ debut album, Olew Nadroedd, emerges as a poignant time capsule wrapping the thrill and apprehension that define the transition into adulthood into a neatly packaged 12-track album. With their debut offering, SYBS forges a bold path in the indie music landscape, infusing their hypnotic guitar riffs with influences from Cate le Bon to Pixies and Sonic Youth. Drawing inspiration from seminal albums like I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One by Yo La Tengo and Fantasma by Cornelius, Olew Nadroedd emerges as a kaleidoscope of sounds and genres, all rooted in the collective vision of the band.

Lead singer and guitarist Osian Llŷr aptly captures the juxtaposition of excitement that defines youth, crafting introspective, anxious, and deeply resonant lyrics.

Reflecting on the thematic core of the album, Osian shares:

“I think what we wanted to achieve with Olew Nadroedd is a snapshot of where we were as a band when a lot of these songs came to fruition; when we were still experimenting with finding our sound, and where we opened ourselves up to a world of musical influences where anything goes.”

The album’s sonic landscape mirrors the chaos and energy of pre-COVID life, where the band navigated the exhilarating terrain of university cities while nurturing their roots in Cardiff’s vibrant music scene. Each track pulsates with vibrant energy, echoing the band’s fervent curiosity and eagerness to embrace the unknown.

As Osian expertly summarizes:

“You have all this enthusiasm and curiosity for the world but you’re not really sure what to make of any of it or what you’re meant to be doing, so you end up being open to everything.”

Olew Nadroedd is out now via Libertino.

Standout Songs: Limbo, Y Wefr, Parhau, Gwacter, Canned Laughter


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