One to watch: The Orielles

This film-loving indie trio find their inspiration in the 80s – just don’t talk to them about love

There may eventually be a day when young bands stop making jangly, melodic surf pop with girl-boy vocals, a DIY aesthetic and slightly surreal lyrics, but that time is not yet nigh. Enter the Orielles. A few years ago in their native Halifax, sisters Esmé Dee and Sidonie B Hand-Halford met guitarist Henry Carlyle Wade at a house party, clicked, and formed a band the following day.

Their gauzy, 80s-inspired sound may well be partly derived from the Hand-Halfords’ father being in 80s noir-indie band Train Set, but the trio have made it their own, going off piste with eight-minute psych-garage wig-outs that would not sound at odds in a San Francisco dive bar.

Another influence is cinema, courtesy of drummer Sid, a former film student at the University of Liverpool. The title of single Sugar Tastes Like Salt is a quote from Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, and the video for Let Your Dogtooth Grow openly references David Lynch, Yorgos Lanthimos and Nicolas Winding-Refn. The song Jobin is inspired by actor Paul Rudd.

Elsewhere on their debut album, Silver Dollar Moment, is a song called 48 Percent (“I feel so blind,” the lyrics go), and thinly veiled allusions to substance intoxication (“Under the Borrachero tree/ Awake in a lucid dream”). One thing you won’t find, however, is songs about relationships. In their words: “We wanted to write a few songs that make people think ‘What the hell is that about?’”

Let Your Dogtooth Grow – video

Silver Dollar Moment is out on Heavenly Recordings


Kathryn Bromwich

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