.O.rang
Herd of Instinct


5.0
classic

Review

by Ethics USER (5 Reviews)
November 5th, 2012 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Talk Talk's lost offspring.

Imagine Talk Talk taking a turn down a fork in the road and it leading them into a path even narrower than the one previously strolled. Along the newly discovered path they confront some sort of obstacle that splits them apart. Pick whatever you want it to be, a sharp crackling fire or some rabid animal. The omen has it's way with a member and injures or perhaps kills him, which inevitably leads to a more dark and raw emotionally influenced group. Talk Talk decides they can't allow their current name to linger on after the loss, resulting on the decision of .O.rang as a replacement. And the switch shines exceptionally well, evicting that type of insanity or distraught that can come with certain moments of loss in life. Yet somehow within the change, they manage to keep the subtle textures and gracious elements of the previous sound that placed a huge stamp for them on the map of music. While Talk Talk was the audible form of discovering faith, .O.rang is the aftermath - a celebration of holding true to that faith despite whatever odds you are up against. It sweeps it's listener through lush uncharted terrain that at times may be deemed a bit frightening. However there's a light at the end of their madness, and if you make it through it all you'll certainly find yourself dancing along - content with the experience as a whole.

A different perspective on the sound (that may be a bit more relatable for those who have not heard the album) could showcase the song After the Flood going out on it's own after Laughing Stock's underground success. Finding a wife, building a home in a desolate rainforest, having a few children and then coining them collectively with the title, Herd of Instinct. .O.rang is the soundtrack of these children's lives within their feral/third world environment. As if they're running through various murky puddles of rain during a sunshower, it paints a vivid atmosphere for it's audience. Very full and alive, consuming your mind and forcing you to pay attention to every minute detail. Much more abrasive and abstract than any Talk Talk release - insanely deep and layered to the brim with various voice samples, rain, tribal drum beats, cymbal clashes, thunder, eerie jitters and extremely grooving bass lines. Reminiscent drone that carries something along the lines of what Animal Collective has produced in recent memory but much more sophisticated and traceable. The material feels improvised and then pieced together, showcasing how truly remarkable these two musicians worked off of each other. Unlike Talk Talk's work, the song structures in .O.rang were not planned before being recorded - directly quoting Webb, "it was recorded before it was written."

Herd of Instinct is a special and unnoticed gem that is must for any avid Talk Talk or Mark Hollis follower. Not only does it dig deeper into the minds of two hailed geniuses, but it also keeps things very fresh and creative - proving that Lee Harris and Paul Webb made phenomenal contributions to the work of their previous group and can undoubtedly carry their own weight outside of it.


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Ethics
November 5th 2012


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

.o.rang-a-tang sang, zing zang, bang my wang

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2012


15743 Comments


idk dude i wanna believe you but every time someone says LIKE TALK TALK! its like zelionople or some shit and im like ehhhhhh

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Ethics
November 5th 2012


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well it has two of talk talk's members soooo
where's potsy? he'll back me up

you should seriously check it out
nothing else like this with such a great atmosphere

balazs
November 5th 2012


481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review!
By the way, I came here by accident before you mentioned it in the laughing stock thread, I was about to check out possible reviews for this album. I happily agree with everything you wrote!
People need to know this.

Lakes.
November 5th 2012


28367 Comments


seems to be out of print, will download hard

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012


16056 Comments


damn u removed that bit about a monster that eats members

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Ethics
November 5th 2012


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hehehehe

AStableReference
November 6th 2012


1908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see them finally getting more attention.

Digging: Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused

Chortles
November 6th 2012


17994 Comments


dude sweet review, talks much of talk talk but i believe that this talk works well with the review so

pos'd

Digging: Jacaszek - Treny

balazs
November 6th 2012


481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, a lot of talk talk talk here, but I feel it's essential.

Ethics
November 6th 2012


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

talk talk talk talk talk talk talk that's all u do u stupid bitch i hate u it's through we're over!@!!

i mentioned them a lot because i felt it was necessary for people to check this out/it would give them more incentive plus it's extremely hard to cover their overall sound without referencing them since it's so unique

balazs
November 6th 2012


481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nobody knows about this, and the talk talk talk talk talk talk connection is not a bad thing. At all.

AStableReference
November 6th 2012


1908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I mean, we're dealing with two members of Talk Talk so it makes sense to reference their previous work.

Tyrael
November 6th 2012


20893 Comments


ah

Ethics
November 6th 2012


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

other one blows don't bother checking.

Ethics
November 6th 2012


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wow nice, someone's been doing their sputnik homework!!

Tyrael
November 6th 2012


20893 Comments


I cant believe you're not banned potsy lol

Tyrael
November 6th 2012


20893 Comments


Let me know if they do decide to ban you

I'll make a RIP gypsy swag list

Ethics
November 6th 2012


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

plz dont leave me

AStableReference
November 6th 2012


1908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was never able to find their second album, I still need to get around to it. From the few individual tracks I've heard it does sound pretty different.



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