Silver Dollar Moment by The OriellesRelease date: February 16, 2018
Label: Heavenly Recordings
Looking at the band picture of The Orielles (French for ears), you get the impression they are barely out of their teens. And the reason for that is because they are with the older of the two Hand-Halford sisters in the band being 21 and their guitar friend Henry being 17!
But don’t worry, you don’t get a revamped version of Hanson on their debut album Silver Dollar Moment, but you do get some good, clean (ie intelligent) fun. Musically, it does pick up its cues from C86 and similar time-frame bands like The Pixies (in their more poppy mood), but does have the other foot firmly in the current century.
With the mention of C86, many would immediately think of twee or Sarah Records (personally, absolutely nothing wrong with that), but listening to the album you get this sense of musical sophistication that is well beyond you would imagine for three persons barely out of their teenage years (or still there, actually). This is even more reflected in the lyrical diversity, that shows quite a hefty interest in all things movie-connected as well as a range of ideas that go beyond what you would connect to something named ‘twee’.
Musically, the ideas The Orielles present are certainly diverse to like the rhythmic patterns of ‘Old Stuff New Stuff’ (shades of another ‘old’ band, Tom Tom Club), but always submerged in some gorgeous harmonies, whether it is the guitar-effect driven ‘Sunflower Seeds’, the Fifties girl group sounds of ‘Liminal Spaces’, or aptly titled ‘Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)’, where the accent is on – disco.
Throughout the album, there is always some kind of a twist or turn that keeps you on your toes with interest, showing that “the kids” have a keen sense of musical and lyrical perception. And that one starts with the album title, taken, at the band explain it themselves, from a name of the club in Toronto they played as a second show on the same night at two o’clock in the morning. They say it was a great show.
Which it certainly could have been, as The Orielles show some very promising moves on this, their debut album.