Arguably releasing one of the most joyful records of 2018 so far, The Orielles are this week’s Friday Mixtape! Halifax-based trio Sid, Esme and Henry have made use of a mix of songs perfect for if you need a pick me up and ideal as the days are getting warmer.
Releasing their debut record, Silver Dollar Moment in February this year, their full record continued The Orielles’ streak of brilliant artwork. Silver Dollar Moment’s sleeve is made by London-based artist Tim Head and is an amalgamation of primary colours and dancing typography. Originally designing some posters for the band’s shows when they had just signed to Heavenly Recordings, Tim’s work instantly fitted with the band. “When we saw the poster for The Lexington show with it’s Fisher Price, Jackson Pollock brushstrokes we called it out as the album cover,” explains Heavenly Recordings’ Danny Mitchell. “Job Done.”
Why have you picked these songs?
We picked these songs because they were listened to a lot on our latest tour, so I guess they just remind us of the road and sharing good times with good people!
When or where should this mixtape be listened to?
The playlist definitely has a mix of vibes! It would be perfect with a morning coffee and a cigarette, or equally as good to listen to with friends over drinks at night. Basically, our feel-good tunes so whenever you need a pick me up, whack it on.
What song or album did you listen to as teenagers and why?
When we first started to play music together as young teens we found that the first album we really bonded over was Pixies – Doolittle. Tracks like Here Comes Your Man and Mr Grieves taught us a lot about our respective instruments and how to collectively use dynamics in music, so we still value that album as a key influencer.
As a band, we’ve always been into buying zines and independent publications and so we’d often look up the various illustrators’ art to cover our walls with. We found Clay Hickson’s art this way through Editorial Magazine and ended up getting him to design the artwork for our first 7" record release, which was cool!
Can you tell us a little about your new record and the artwork too?
Silver Dollar Moment was written over the span of about two years, beginning when we went to Canada to play CMW, with the opening track Mango, and ending with the final track Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist), which was written almost entirely in the studio while we recorded the album. In a way, it captures our growth as a band and even becomes a kind of metaphorical journey from one state to another, connected by the liminal spaces that sit in the middle of the album. We wanted to have a debut that really just summed up how fun it was to be making music whilst also having deeper concerns and connections that were quite significant to us as individuals, even if they weren’t accessible to other listeners. The artwork was created by Tim Head who was recommended to us by the label. We gave him a few album sleeve references including ESG, Primal Scream and The Pastels and he managed to get the vision spot on!
If a feature film about The Orielles was to be made, what song would be on the trailer and why?
One of our go-to party tunes is I Love the Nightlife by Alicia Bridges, so I guess that would sum up the atmosphere of The Orielles the best!
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