From the first jangling sunshine chords on opening track ‘Mango’, Silver Dollar Moments announces itself as a proper piece of indie pop goodness. Then, across 45 minutes, it takes all kinds of turns, into ESG-ish yips and funk, dreamy-arch harmonies, disco synth-pows and stoner bongos, unsettling submerged voices - with all that and more it still flows like a fountain of indie pop, fresh and catchy and altogether.
Maybe one reason it all coheres so beautifully is that The Orielles are a close-knit unit: two sisters and their best mate. “We met Henry at a house party a few years ago,” says Sid. “I mean, it’s a bit lamer than that sounds. It was a friend of our parents, she was having a 40th birthday party, and we went along, and Henry was there too, with his parents.” They’ve been writing songs together ever since, Esme singing and on bass, Sidonie on drums, Henry on guitar. They’ve played live all over the UK as well as Europe and North America, and this year they signed to Heavenly Recordings and headed into Eve Studios in Stockport.
In the studio right alongside them was Marta Salogni, possibly the most beloved producer in the western world at the moment, who’s also worked recently with Liars, Kelela, Björk and The Moonlandingz. “Marta is mint,” say the band. “She’s fucking sick.”
On the album, they expanded their skillsets: “There’s loads of percussion - bongos, cowbell, allsorts,” says Sidonie. “Henry plays the Hammond organ, and a Fender Rhodes, a Minimoog, a normal piano, and a glockenspiel.” Some of this was prompted by Salogni: “We got stoned and she played a 20-minute synth set and we just sat there watching it, like, whoah,” says Henry. “It was literally one of the best pieces of music I’ve ever witnessed live,” says Esme. There’s flute on the album, too, from Lucy Power, who came in last minute and improvised on ‘Henry’s Pocket’. “We got to make music on all these beautiful instruments that they’ve collected over the years at Eve,” says Henry. “It was inspiring, really. We were sad to leave.”
The songs are also inspired by cinema, literature and physiological details of domestic animals. “So many pop songs are about relationships or growing up or whatever,” they say. “We wanted to write a few songs that make people think, What the hell is that about?”