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The Orielles are a three-piece made up of a Post Office Christmas temp, and English Lit. student and an A-Level student. Despite their tender years, the trio have made a very enjoyable indie-pop record in Silver Dollar Moment. It is reminiscent of many bands you loved in the ‘80s and ‘90s, whilst maintaining a certain freshness. LP and CD on Heavenly

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Silver Dollar Moment by The Orielles
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6 people love this record. Be the 7th!
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 February 2018

The Orielles are very polished for a band who claim to have met pretty recently at a 40th birthday party of a friend of their parents (cue: reviewer feeling old for the millionth time today). I mean you'd read their back story and think that 'Silver Dollar Moment' would be a ramshackle punky moment of youthful vigour but the musicianship here is pretty sophisticated and the production higher end than you might expect. Their best moment is the lovely 'Let Your Dogtooth Grow' which has one of those brilliant 80s inspired jangle riffs that bands such as Wild Nothing are so adept at producing. When this track came on 6 Music the other day my ear literally flipped. Music I actually liked? I thought it must be from the 80's. 

Sadly I can't find anything here to enjoy as much. The band have a strange obsession with horrible wah-wah sounds which rear their ugly heads a few times within the opening few tracks  - a guitar sound worthy of Peter Frampton himself ruins 'Sunflower Seeds'  - a track already destroyed by unnecessary time and tempo shifts. Take the wah-wah away and it would be better though. I'd already got annoyed by the wah-wah (and a naughty cowbell) on sleek opener 'Mango' which again would be better without the sonic vomit placed on top. Still, this is one of the better tracks here. 

The Orielles remind me of Hooton Tennis Club in that there's lots of promise here exemplified by a clutch of stellar tracks dotted about but for all their sinewy, careful musicianship the band aren't yet ready from a songwriting standpoint. There is the sense of something good trying to get out. 'I Only Bought it For the Bottle' and 'Henry's Pocket' are both B side tracks that have winning hooks matched with Esme's lovely warm voice and ''48%' is pure unadulterated indie joy. But such moments are too few. 

They are only bairns bless them but I feel that they need to refine and declutter their sound before the true magic happens.   


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