The Orielles release their debut album Silver Dollar Moment via Heavenly Recordings on February 16th 2017. Available on Coloured Vinyl LP, CD.
From the first jangling sunshine chords on opening track ‘Mango’, Silver Dollar Moments announces itself as a proper piece of indie pop goodness. Then, across 45 minutes, it takes all kinds of turns, into ESG-ish yips and funk, dreamy-arch harmonies, disco synth-pows and stoner bongos, unsettling submerged voices – with all that and more it still flows like a fountain of indie pop, fresh and catchy and altogether.
The Orielles songs span a chunk of time, from tracks they’ve been playing for a while, like opener ‘Mango’, to closing belter ‘Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)’, which was written in the studio as they made the album. (Disco wrist, by the way, is “something we think Nile Rodgers has, from playing his disco riffs on the guitar.”)
Young upstarts with a thirst for adventure, a love for the party and great sprawling taste in music: they’re clearly another perfect Heavenly band. “We did always looked to Heavenly because they were bringing out consistently good UK music,” says Henry. “We’re fans of so many of their bands – The Parrots, King Gizzard, Hooton Tennis Club, Toy, Temples, H Hawkline – that’s how we knew it’d be a nice label to be on.”
“And they’re a really tight community,” says Sid. “They put on festival lineups with a lot of their bands so there’s always opportunity to meet other Heavenly musicians. We’ve spoken to other bands on other labels who rarely see their label manager and never get to know any of the other bands on their label. It’s really good that we do.”
One last thing: what’s a Silver Dollar Moment? “It’s anything that’s unexpectedly brilliant,” says Henry. “We played in Toronto, at this bar called the Silver Dollar Room. We’d been in Canada for 36 hours, no sleep, we’d already played at 10, then we played a show at the Silver Dollar at 2am and it was one of the best shows we’ve played. So a silver dollar moment became anything that’s good, but unexpectedly.” He pauses, then grins: “Although we knew the album would be good, obviously.”
The album features the bands singles ‘Let Yourn Dogtooth Grow’ and ‘I Only Bought It For The Bottle.’
Tracklisting, The Orielles, Silver Dollar Moment.
2. Old Stuff, New Glass
3. Sunflower Seeds
4. Let Your Dog Tooth Grow
5. Liminal Spaces
6. The Sound Of Liminal Spaces (Edit)
7. I Only Bought It For The Bottle
8. Henry’s Pocket
9. 48 Percent
10. Borrachero Tree
12. Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)