.O.rang

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.O.rang (or 'O'rang) is an experimental music project led by former Talk Talk members Lee Harris and Paul Webb, with a shifting cast of guest musicians.

.O.rang's music exhibits more culturally diverse influences than Talk Talk. Webb has commented "We used to be in a reggae band when we were younger... The Talk Talk thing was always very Westernised, and we were listening to other kinds of world music."[1] Among other elements, the project draws on dub, Krautrock, post-rock and world fusion music.

The group's first album, Herd of Instinct (1994), was recorded similarly to Talk Talk's later albums: guest musicians played hours of improvisational material, then the performances were edited down and pieced together. However, in contrast to Talk Talk, the song structures were not planned before being recorded. Paul Webb explained, "it was recorded before it was written."[1] Guests on the album included former Bark Psychosis leader Graham Sutton and Portishead singer Beth Gibbons (who at the time applied to become the group's singer, before Portishead's growing success removed this possibility).

After several false starts, a second album - 1996's Fields and Waves - was recorded. This album was more Krautrock-oriented and more structured in terms of composition, as well as being more focussed around the core duo of Webb and Harris.[2]

A third album (with the working title of Loudhailer No. 19) was projected for release in 2001, but remains unreleased.

Discography[edit]

  • Herd of Instinct (1994)
  • Spoor EP (1994)
  • Fields and Waves (1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dave Robinson, "Of Masks and Men," Future Music Magazine, October 1994.
  2. ^ Matt Ffytche, "substation ZERO," The Wire, August 1996.

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