ALBUM REVIEW: The Orielles – Silver Dollar Moment

The debut album from Halifax trio, The Orielles, is easily some of the most finely tuned indie-pop of recent years, with it’s exhilarating performances from each and every member of the band and all-round fun loving sensibility, you’ll find yourself wanting to listen to this record over and over again. As much as their music makes nods to the past, The Orielles are entirely in the now. To all festivals having issues with gender equality, book The Orielles for every frickin’ slot.


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You can get a feel for what The Orielles are all about right from the first listen as reverb heavy, bouncing guitars and dreamy vocals hit like a train. This is a record jam-packed with youthfulness, there’s a sheer amount of confidence amongst it that’s rather uncommon for a band just breaking the scene and it’s exactly this that makes Silver Dollar Moment so special. This is a band with everything to prove, yet nothing to lose and boy did they pull it off.

The record opens, boldly, with ‘Mango’, a definite Britpop influenced track that brings bands such as Ride and even The Stone Roses to mind on the grounds of its instrumentation. The band are fresh in the sense that the vocal deliveries are equally as magical as the guitar and drum work, if not more so. You’ll find yourself tapping your toes and nodding your head along with the joyous bassline and jangly tambourine on this one. The track climaxes with a crescendo of energetic synths and percussion that continues into next track, ‘Old Stuff, New Glass’.

‘Old Stuff, New Glass’ is an absolute highlight of the record with it’s memorable riffs and melody-ridden hooks that intertwine elegantly with some very shoegaze-esque guitar licks that’ll take you to another planet. Again, it’s crystal clear that the band are having a whole lot of fun – you can literally picture them dancing along and jumping around with a big fat smile on their faces as you listen. This is a theme that runs thick through the entirety of the album, and it’s incredibly infectious.

Silver Dollar Moment, hits its pinnacle on ‘Let Your Dogtooth Grow’, one of the three singles the band released prior to the album. This track brings together all the best bits of The Orielles. With the blending of garage rock, indie-pop and little hints of psychedelia, ‘Let Your Dogtooth Grow’ is one of the most exciting tracks I’ve heard in years and an instant ANTHEM. An already fan favourite, this one is certain to get any indie head jumping. Although, the band have been drawn into the indie scene that brought them to where they sit comfortably now, they often stray from the path of what is “conventional” indie with an array of influences from the likes of disco, funk and punk proudly at the forefront of what they do.

Next up are a selection of the band’s most exhilarating material with ‘Liminal Spaces‘, it’s “sequel” ‘The Sound Of Liminal Spaces‘ and the almighty ‘I Only Bought It For The Bottle‘. These three tracks see the band walk their most experimental terrain, especially so on the entirely instrumental ‘The Sound Of Liminal Spaces‘ which is embedded with elements of 80s jazz and blues. The band are again showcasing their lack of fear and doubt in their performances as they play around with as many genres as some bands do in their whole back catalogue.

Something else that really separates the trio from the rest is their lack of love songs, in their own words, the band said “So many pop songs are about relationships or growing up or whatever, we wanted to write a few songs that make people think, what the hell is that about?”. I’d be lying if I were to say I didn’t stop and think, “wait what the hell is this about? ” I did, many a time. But, that’s perfectly okay. The talent of the group speaks volumes and shows that you don’t have to say a lot in order to be meaningful and memorable.

Silver Dollar Moment concludes perfectly, with ‘Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)‘, a really enjoyable track that bounces between psychedelia, disco and pop at every turn. The tracks follows the consistency of the record in its dreamy atmosphere, flamboyant instrumentation and silky smooth production.

There’s something about this band that really excites me, their sound isn’t exactly anything new yet I’m obsessed with it. I hope you get lost in this band and enjoy this record just as much as I did, this is easily one of the most exciting debuts in a long ass time and The Orielles are destined to hit the big time. It’s safe to say we have an early contender for album of the year on our hands here.

Get out and buy this record. The band are on the back end of their UK tour right now, you’d be a fool to miss them. Remaining (and future) dates are as follows:



20 / Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff


12 / The Garage, London

13 / Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

14 / Gorilla, Manchester


Words by Ben Davies

(featured image courtesy of: Neelam Khan Vela)







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