Disco Volador by The Orielles [6/10]

The second album from Halifax band The Orielles showcases their off-kilter rhythms and melodies and phrasing. “Disco Volador” sounds like smart, funky style squirrels at work, shifting mid-song from funk to art-rock instrumental asides. Unlike many art-rock aspirants, the constant cleverness seems almost tongue in cheek. Breezy girl-band vocals glisten over the top of the equally commanding arrangements. The ten tracks on “Disco Volador” form a semi-sleepy melange of pop-rock styles that serves equally as work ambience or evening relaxant. Highlights include the jangling, woozy, chorus-rich “Come on down Jupiter,” the dance-cool flurry of “Bobbi’s second world,” and the cheesy cuteness of “Euro Borealis.” A sparkling late summer treat.

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