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The Orielles: the hotly tipped band leaving Halifax for the stars

Delivered... Fergal Kinney | Scene | Fri 21 Feb 2020 9:00 am

Energised by gong baths and Korean dance music, the northern band are topping playlists with their cosmic psychedelia

Twenty minutes into the gong bath, Orielles vocalist and bassist Esmé Hand-Halford knew that she was ready to do her vocal take. Stockport’s Eve Studios – a shrine containing BBC Radiophonic Workshop memorabilia, original rugs from the 1951 Festival of Britain and Europe’s largest collection of vintage BBC equipment – became, she says, “like a commune” as the mellow, relaxing drone reverberated through the room.

The Orielles are a Halifax trio aged between 21 and 24: Esmé; her sister, Sidonie, on drums; and guitarist Henry Carlyle-Wade. They get heavy rotation on 6Music and are as in demand for their cosmic remixes for other bands as they are for their high-energy festival sets. Their penchant for a notably retro vision of the future means they are the latest exponents of the kind of woozy psychedelia played by Broadcast and Stereolab – bands who remembered the future as if it were yesterday.

Disco Volador is out on 28 February. The band are at Riverside Newcastle on 25 February, then touring until 6 March. They play the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival on 7 March at the Roundhouse, London

Disco Volador is the band’s second album, not their debut. This was corrected on 21 February 2020.

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