As regular readers/listeners will know, Halifax trio The Orielles have been a favourite of ours for a few years now; they’ve wowed us live numerous times with their immense, vibrant energy – including at their sold out show at The Garage earlier this year (I watched like a proud parent) – and continue to blow us away with their distinctive amalgamation of uplifting sounds. Now, with the addition of fourth member Alex Stephens on keys, they’ve shared not-one-but-two brand new tracks.
The story of a cat named Bobbi, first track ‘Bobbi’s Second World’ flows with an onslaught of scuzzy, funk-fuelled hooks and groove-laden, disco-reminiscent vibes, as it juxtaposes Esmé’s honey-sweet vocals and Sid’s immense, racing beats with a swirling, psychedelic haze. And, with underlying eerie undertones and some playful cat-like squeals thrown in, you can almost imagine it being the theme song to some late ’80s spooky Duckula-esque cartoon (a compliment of the highest – Duckula was the best cartoon ever).
With the noticeable addition of keys, ‘Bobbi’s Second World’ initially sounds a lot less ‘indie’ than previous releases – focusing on creating a poppy danceability -, but it is certainly no less innovative. It remains distinctly The Orielles; an instantly infectious anthem filled with a buoyant energy and oozing a colourful spirit, that’ll leave you ready to dance your cares away. Of the track, the band explain:
“… (it) exhibits an explosion of new sounds and ideas that came to fruition after a long summer of playing festivals and taking inspiration from music that made us dance. It centres around the story of a cat named Bobbi who, in order to become a lady, has to experience the extremities of two complex and differing realities- situated in her front and back gardens respectively.”
This latest offering showcases The Orielles at their best, and only cements our admiration of Sid, Esmé, Henry, and now Alex. Whilst the band have continued to develop and alter their sound, they remain utterly unique, completely distinctive in their ability to fuse together jangly hooks with a frenzied vibrant groove, unlike any other band around, all the while exuding their trademark quirky charm and shimmering sonic delights.
Listen to ‘Bobbi’s Second World’ below. And make sure you check out accompanying track ‘Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’ (a Peggy Gou cover), here.
And you can catch The Orielles live (highly recommended) at the following dates:
29th November – Heaven, London
7th December – Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
13th December – Winter Camp Festival, Paris
15th December – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge Christmas show – SOLD OUT