Available languages: EnglishFormed when they were still teenagers, the Orielles make music with the eagerness and abandon of youth, while also looking to the past for inspiration. The group's highly danceable sound is informed by the lighter side of '80s post-punk, the loose-limbed rhythms of Afro-funk, the trippy textures of late-'90s indie dance, and the sweet melodic sense of classic indie pop. Their debut album, 2018's Silver Dollar Moment, saw them already in full stride as a band, and 2020's Disco Volador expanded on their template by adding new sonic elements and a healthy dose of lyrical weirdness. The Orielles formed in Halifax, England, when sisters Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand-Halford met Henry Carlyle Wade at a birthday party. Still in their teens, the threesome bonded over a love of '90s music (like the Pixies and Sonic Youth) and cinema, and began writing songs together. With Esmé on vocals and bass, Sidonie on drums, and Henry on guitar, the trio crafted a sound that brought in influences as far afield as Afro-pop, disco-funk, Madchester, and indie pop. They began releasing music in 2014, with the "Entity" single for Scruff of the Neck, the Hindering Waves EP for Cacti, and the cassette single "Yawn" for Swirly Records. They stayed almost as busy in 2015, releasing two singles ("Space Doubt" and "Joey Says We Got It") while playing live and going to school. The Orielles only released one record in 2016, the Jobin EP for Art Is Hard Records, but along the way they caught the attention of Heavenly Records, who signed them to a contract. Early in 2017, they hit the studio with producer Marta Salogni to record their first single for Heavenly, "Sugar Tastes Like Salt." The nearly nine-minute track was a departure for the Orielles, as they expanded their sound and brought in a stronger dance music influence. It also got an Andrew Weatherall remix, something that definitely pleased the '90s-loving trio. They spent the summer playing festivals and in the studio with Salogni working on their debut album, Silver Dollar Moment. The record was a mix of previously released singles and newly recorded songs that captured the trio's youthful exuberance. It was released in early 2018, after which the band headed out on a sold-out tour of the U.K. The trio added keyboardist Alex Stephens to their live band, and he joined them not long after as a full member. Once off the road, they began work on their second album, once again with Salogni working the controls. The songs they brought to the sessions were inspired by a wider range of influences that included Turkish psych, Korean electro (they recorded a cover of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget [Itgehane]" in late 2018), Italian film scores, and dance punk. Disco Volador was released in February 2020 by Heavenly, after which the band toured the U.K. and the U.S.
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From being “three weirdos in Halifax”, sisters Esmé and Sidonie Hand-Halford (bass and drums respectively) and their childhood friend Henry Carlyle Wade (guitar) have become the indie band to watch. “If I went to space, I might never come back”, confesses Esmé who provides solid bass and delicate vocals for The Orielles. After the drowsy, Stone Roses-influenced Silver Dollar Moment was released in 2018, this second off-the-wall record bounces from Turkish psych music à la Altin Gün to experimental Italian cinema, in order to further distance themselves from 90s guitar rock. Two years is a long time when you’re on the cusp of your twenties, leaving the relative quiet of Halifax, West Yorkshire to go on tour in Europe. In the elapsed time, The Orielles have seen the arrival of Alex Stephens to play keyboard, a “highly educational” cover of Peggy Gou’s It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) which opened them up to dance music and a remix by the late Andrew Weatherall of their track Sugar Tastes Like Salt. Recorded at Stockport’s Eve Studios with their producer Marta Salogni (Liars, Temples, Björk and The Moonlandingz), Disco Volador puts melody front and centre, turning old into new. “All the influences we had when writing this record were present when we recorded it, so we completely understood what we wanted this album to feel like and could bring that to fruition”, says the drummer. Aerial 60s pop (Come Down on Jupiter), experimental disco (Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)), 70s-style funk (Bobbie’s Second World, Euro Borealis), uptempo psychedelic (Rapid i, 7th Dynamic Goo) and Khruangbin-esque soaring tunes, it’s all top class. Bright, catchy and Qobuzissime. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz