Single Review: The Orielles – Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)

By on Friday, 19th January 2018 at 12:00 pm

In a few short weeks, Halifax friends The Orielles will be releasing their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’. The name came from an incident yours truly actually witnessed. In May 2016, the band travelled to Toronto to play Canadian Music Week, during which time they were up an astonishing 36 hours straight and played two late night shows. The second, at the Silver Dollar Room on the famed Spadina Avenue, a north-south thoroughfare that cuts through the Canadian cultural hub, was at 2 AM. Despite having gone without sleep for so long, the late night appearance proved to be a career-defining moment, noted by the band as one of their best shows to date.

Since we discovered them at the city version of Liverpool Sound City in 2013 and under a different name, the three longtime mates have grown up, and so has their music. ‘Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)’ is the latest in their evolution, recorded as part of their debut album sessions at Eve Studio in Stockport. Singles we heard from them in 2017 like ‘I Only Bought It for the Bottle’ and ‘Let Your Dogtooth Grow’ had the psych, surfy feel that runs like a continuous thread through the band’s catalogue so far.

The Orielles 2018

This new single is also fun, but in a different way. Unexpectedly, as if out of the blue, ‘Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)’ sees the Orielles at their funkiest yet. Seventies’ style guitar, with plenty of wub wub wubs and reverb, is joined by disco beats, chimes and bongos. There’s a lot going on here, and more than the band’s usual guitar, bass and drums setup. Esme Hand-Halford’s vocals, as dreamy as ever, are layered on top to tie a psych feel back to their songs that have come before this one. While it’s not like their past songs wouldn’t have gotten toes tapping in a club, this is their first tune so far with an overtly danceable vibe. ‘Blue Suitcase’, then, has the potential to cross over and get played in dance clubs, something their alt-rock predecessors didn’t have going for them.

As for the inspiration for the song, it came out of an incident that seems quintessentially English. Unlike in the States, rail travel is not merely a romantic notion in blighty but often a necessity to get around the country. Spying an abandoned suitcase on a train platform, the trio questioned among themselves what was in there. Schrodinger’s cat? Perhaps a giant fruit to take adventures with? I guess we’ll never know. But let’s tip our hats off to the owner of this wayward piece of luggage. If he hadn’t left it, this song might not have been written at all. Let’s not think about that. Let’s look to the future and for The Orielles’ ‘Silver Dollar Moment’.


Single ‘Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)’ is taken from The Orielles’ debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’, expected to drop the 16th of February on Heavenly Recordings. They’ll be heading out on a UK tour in the middle of next month. For much more here on TGTF on The Orielles, go here.

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