Album Review: The Orielles – Silver Dollar Moment

I remember being first aware of The Orielles early last year following the release of their eight and a half minute long wonder, ‘Sugar Tastes Like Salt’ (which pre-listening to the album, I’m surprised isn’t on there) and was impressed ever since. The Halifax based trio give a dynamic performance live and have supported the likes of Hooton Tennis Club and more recently British Sea Power in London. With impending festival slots awaiting them this summer, this was the perfect time for the band to release their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’.

The album opens with a summery, exotic tune aptly named ‘Mango’ which is a bit Britpop influenced regarding its introduction, but that quickly changes into a charming indie-pop track with some nice organ use towards then end and also jangly percussion. ‘Old Stuff, New Glass’ takes a slightly more psychedelic turn with squelchy guitars and a more 80’s pop inspired vocal delivery throughout. It’s quite dreamy, but starts to get slightly monotonous throughout its second verse. ‘Old Stuff, New Glass’ has a funky, almost disco interlude which breaks the track up quite well.

‘Silver Dollar Moment’ takes a slightly gloomier, even sadder turn towards the track ‘Sunflower Seeds’. It drags on a bit until chorus where it picks up into something a bit more jolly, but still managing to keep its melancholy bleakness. ‘Let Your Dog Tooth Grow’ returns to form but has a nostalgic feel to it. I’m not quite sure the occasional monologue backing vocals work though… The choruses have a carefree, happy-go-lucky feel to them and it’s a rather upbeat track overall. The synth-driven interlude brings back the earlier psychedelic feel from on the album. Keeps you on your toes this one, but it’s certainly one of the highlights of the album so far.

Liminal Spaces’ is far more downtempo and a bit monotonous but it works apart from the fact it starts to go on a bit. It’s a quite floaty track with a waltz-y feel in places. ‘The Sound of Liminal Space’ is a brief instrumental interlude including random atmospherics, even down to something that sounds like a spoon against a glass occasionally. It’s a dreamy, psychedelic piece that doesn’t outstay its welcome. ‘I Only Bought It For The Bottle’ is quite fitting because when this was released as a single last year, I remember only listening to this for it’s name. Although in listening to it again for the first time in a while, it seems to have grown on me a lot more in the meantime. With dominant, insistent but also clever lyrics, it’s a charismatic but enticing tune. Incredibly catchy as well.

The serene and quite nostalgic ‘Henry’s Pocket’ makes an interesting use of instrumentation as well and builds up to an epic outro and ‘48 Percent‘ is intriguing with exotic percussion. It’s a bit more noisy, even a bit more raucous than the other tracks on the album, but it’s very lively to say the least. ‘Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)’ is a gutsy end to the album. It’s funky, although a bit monotonous, but it has some rather nice harmonies throughout.

‘Silver Dollar Moment’ is something to build on and quite a sturdy debut album from The Orielles. I feel like it could be more concise overall, but it has a lot of good elements even if some parts could be refined. Otherwise, the album is very catchy with copious pop-sensibilities thrown in for good measure without taking the tracks away from their indie-rock roots.

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