Hidden Door

The Orielles

Image credit: Neelam Khan Vela

Formed when they were still teenagers, The Orielles make music with the eagerness and abandon of youth, while also looking to the past for inspiration.

The group’s highly danceable sound is informed by the lighter side of ’80s post-punk, the loose-limbed rhythms of Afro-funk, the trippy textures of late-’90s indie dance, and the sweet melodic sense of classic indie pop.

Their debut album, 2018’s Silver Dollar Moment, saw them already in full stride as a band, and 2020’s Disco Volador expanded on their template by adding new sonic elements and a healthy dose of lyrical weirdness.

Disco Volador begins as a languid shuffle, but before long it has exploded into guitar-pop bliss. And then suddenly it’s something like outer-space disco rock. The transformations continue to be as abundant as the hooks.


The Halifax band feel like the closest thing we have to a contemporary Stereolab: as sharp as they are spacey, at home with psychedelic wooze and seductively chugging guitar pop.

Laura Snapes, The Guardian

Their songs are 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?”

Despondent and dreamy, ‘Come Down On Jupiter’ is a classically sublime Orielles tune with otherworldly synths and joyful vocal yips and exclamations.