Lofi popsters The Orielles are reviving the 90’s indie sound of Blur, Echobelly, Sleeper and Britpops finest and their love of Pixies shines through everything they do. The band are in good company with Heavenly label mates Hooton Tennis Club, St Etienne and the more psychedelic Stealing Sheep. A couple of years ago Heavenly released a 25 years celebratory boxset and those 25 years have played host to a collection of some of pop and rocks finest including the much anticipated Boy Azooga release that we have marked out as another one to watch this year.
The Orielles are:
Esmé Dee Hand-Halford – Lead Vocals, Bass
Henry Carlyle Wade – Guitar, Vocals
Sidonie B Hand-Halford – Drums
All the tracks are short and punchy leaving you wanting more from each of the following tracks. The band don’t shy from their strong influences of Sonic Youth and Pixies and put a perfect punchy punk british slant on it. Here’s my thoughts track by track:
Mango eases the album in with a brilliant invitation of gently bass and drums and soft vocals from lead singer Esmé. It’s a beautiful descriptive tour of an outing “… Mango juice in the morning…this place looks familiar..” an ode to a place you probably don’t want to leave, you’ve been there before? Swirling organ brings the opening to a chintzy close.
Old Stuff, New Glass again is soothing with Esmé vocal tripping through spacey reverb, like this? Like Stealing Sheep too, I gaurantee. They’re not label mates for no reason, Heavenly A&R know what they are doing. The bass has a cheeky roll to it, also mastered by the lead,
Sunflower Seeds has a guitar feeling of early Roses as an intro and then the pace slows with a spaced out wahwah to dream us through a beautiful middle. Then the pace picks up. Expect to hear this plenty on the airwaves. And the sun filled festival fields will benefit for this on their soundtrack. “I wanna know what is right… talk me through the night…” Dreamy.
Let your dog tooth grow have the drums owning the the intro to this one. It’s another one with sunfilled jangle on the guitar and has a double vocal, Henry the guitarist weighing in with some spoken word on the verse and backing vocals on the chorus. This is a full sound that will be excellent in their live set. If your not at least tapping your foot or swaying your bonce to this you must be a dead. Some great sounds in the middle with synths and guitars leading the way. Sidonie’s skin banging has the drums make this one. The video for this one passes right by our studio in Ancoats… Pass by next time guys 🙂
Liminal Spaces has more dreamy with double vocals from the sisters on this one and the guitar sprinkles it throughout. With some sounds of candles being lit? “… the candles have lit your own mind…” Henry’s guitar jangles through a solo and sounds perfect and wurlitzer, sound effects, synths, a bike bell(?) and repeaters round off a wonderful track.
The Sound of Liminal Spaces is an interlude extending the sound effects from the previous track. As this is part way through is this the bridge to the B-Side of the record? Maybe. I’ll find out when I pick up my copy from Piccadilly Records next week.
I only bought it for the bottle has Elastica sounds as well as Echobelly, with gritty guitar and drums and another epic vocal outing fromthe two sisters, Esmé and Sidonie.
Henry’s Pocket is such a pure simple tune, it’ll have the lads flopping their fringes and the girls punching the hips.
48 Percent has a bassline that Kim Deal would happily put her name too and it’s a punchy one too, backed up by some well placed bongos in the middle.
Borrachero Tree derives a Columbian drink spiking drug and is known for it’s sedative effects, this song has a similar dreaminducing effect. With out the side effects. Maybe “… sitting under the Borrachero Tree gives a similar trip without the intensity. I’m imagining the band playing this tune under it quite happily under a light breeze.
Snaps “… you tell me something new, you think you’re so cool cool cool cool…” The guitar holds this song centred and trashes it into the chorus.
Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist) is another infectious melody with a flawless guitar hook, steadfast drums, solid bass and a ‘crying baby’ effect through out. The soothing vocals help to trademark their sound and they also lead the final track out. What’s a Disco Wrist i hear you cry? “something we think Nile Rodgers has, from playing his disco riffs on the guitar.”
It appears that all the tracks on the album are definitely worthy of their place on Silver Dollar Moment and considering the band only came about a few years ago after the Hand-Halford sisters met Henry met a few years ago at a house party they’re meant to be in a studio together (and I’m sure on stage too!). If the pictures of the band on the Heavenly website are anything to go by, they look like they intend to enjoy the ride all the way.
The Orielles are on Tour and play Manchester Gorilla Sat 14th April. Don’t. Miss. It!