Momentum: The Orielles
The Orielles are from Halifax, made up of sisters Esme Dee (vocals, bass) and Sidonie B. (drums) Hand-Halford, Henry Carlyle Wade (guitar, vocals), and Alex Stephens (keys). The band met as children and have played together ever since. Several of the members were still in their teens and at university while recording the 2018 debut album, Silver Dollar Moment, at Manchester’s EVE studios.
The Orielles embrace a DIY aesthetic, inspired by 90s alternative bands such as Pixies and Sonic Youth. Silver Dollar Moment (a name for “anything that’s unexpectedly brilliant”) ranged from garage rock to disco-inspired pop and was widely acclaimed. They are also heavily inspired by film, particularly the works of Quentin Tarantino, and their single Let Your Dog Tooth Grow was named after an earlier work by The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos. Their videos are often shot as mini films with a narrative.
This funding will contribute to the recording and mixing of The Orielles second album, due early 2020. It means we can work in our chosen studio (Eve in Stockport) and our preferred producer, the award-winning Marta Salogni. We also want to employ some session musicians to expand the band’s sound, and be able to fully explore musical avenues: this funding enables that too.