REVIEW: The Orielles ‘Disco Valador’

The psychedelic indie-pop 4-piece from West Yorkshire, The Orielles, return with their new album ‘Disco Volador’. A record that has the listener hurtling into a cosmic spiral of progressive strato-pop symphonies.

Disco Valador was both written and recorded in 12 months – representing their speed in shooting success of their debut album ’Silver Dollar Moment’ and resulting in a jam-packed touring summer playing festivals such as Green Man and Bluedot.

The record wastes no time in shooting us directly into a voyage of cinematic samba, chilling jazz and deep funk as brought to the fore in Come Down on Jupiter. Beginning with the ominous grand piano tones and shifting quickly into the dynamic guitar-pop bliss; propelling the listener into another era, into an outer-space 70’s disco – setting the tone for what was to come in the rest of the record.  Continuing the psychedelic vibe; Rapid I moves into a more spacey, slow jazz whilst screaming inspiration from The Comet Is Coming; a futuristic feel that is illustrated is brought to life by instantly conjuring up a playful psychedelic feel.

In Bobbi’s Second World it is equally as moving – again taking us straight back to the 70’s groove that is otherworldly; this track is a beautiful segue from their first album release in 2018. The intrinsic abundance of hooks and trips that are throughout the record did not seize in this track. The rises, falls, twists and turns throughout Bobbi’s Second World really portray the feel of a calming orbit of the cosmic 70’s space funk vibe.

We are taken to a ‘softer side of serenity’ whilst the lyricism demonstrates the feel that Whilst The Flowers Look brings; the listener is taken down a notch to a calmer more languid stance with other lyrics such as ‘…balance hope with reality and be sure to take the picture out of the frame.’ The song is a wonderful concoction of the sentiment that nothing will ever stay a certain way for too long – as we dream of something better, we lose sight of what we have already.

The record is overall reminiscent of a sci-fi movie film; whilst the lines of fiction and reality can become hazy from track to track. It is beautifully haunting from start to finish. Whilst the quelled future of the current world that we live in basks in uncertainty, the escapism that The Orielles’ brings is a much-needed dance floor, psychedelic bliss.