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.O.RANG (generalized alternative transcription of ÍRANG) is one of the most important early post rock bands. Formed in 1993 in London by drummer Lee HARRIS and bassist Paul WEBB after the dissolution of their previous band TALK TALK, the new project took the form of a creative open space (the "Slug" studio) where the two musicians and producers would home many guest musicians in extended improvisations that would later be edited to a more "conventional" form. Two albums released in 1994 and 1996 and one EP resulted from the process before the project was gradually abandoned after satisfying creative results but lack of support from the label.

In the early '90s .O.RANG came as a decisive step from the various tendencies of refinement in '80s rock music to the new form of experimental music (mixing rock with experimental approach to songwriting and sound design and with electronic influences) that was called "post-rock" in 1994. The music of .O.RANG, as shown on their genre-defining album "Herd Of Instinct" from 1994, is eclectic and difficult to describe. It can be seen as having as a basis the musical sensibilities of TALK TALK but stripped of all the song-format orientation; groovy rhytms, rich percussion and exotic nonsensical vocals form the main layer of the music, topped by a very rich array of sound effects. While the result is often highly similar to the music of '70s krautrock band CAN, the two musicians have stated that a major influence for them has been world music.

The performance sessions that lead to the creation of the music were improvisational and alleatoric, to the extent that sometimes there was no key to play to, or the samples to improvise upon did not make it to the final product. An exceptionally rich bouquet of sounds was achieved with simple means like feedback, a basic loop-providing sampler or manipulating normal, analogue instruments in away that would make them sound like they normally shouldn't. One of the notable musicians from the "Herd Of Instinct" sessions was Graham SUTTON, the guitarist of BARK PSYCHOSIS, who provides not just a connection to the rest of the emerging post rock scene, but also a haunting spectrum of guitar noises.

The material on the second album "Field And Waves" (1996), while partly developed during the "Herd Of Instincts" sessions, shows a certain departure from experimental rock into a more accessible electronic / rhythmic direction, possibly inspired by the flowering trip-hop ...
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4.18 | 10 ratings
Herd Of Instinct
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Fields And Waves

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 Herd Of Instinct by O.RANG (.O.RANG) album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.18 | 10 ratings

Herd Of Instinct
O.rang (.O.rang) Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. Man this was love at first listen. A project by the bassist and drummer for TALK TALK where they sort of continue that unique Post-Rock sound only they go in a different direction to more of a World Music vibe. Who knew how talented TAK TALK really was back in their more poppy days? I mean these two guys play a multitude of instruments and both sing. They play ethnic instruments too helping with that World Music sound. We get a host of guests adding many more sounds and flavours including a female vocalist who is awesome! Also Graham Sutton from BARK PSYCHOSIS adds guitar on the first three tracks. To sum up the sound we get a lot of atmosphere, and a ton of percussion beats along with male and female vocal expressions, melodies and words.
 Herd Of Instinct by O.RANG (.O.RANG) album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.18 | 10 ratings

Herd Of Instinct
O.rang (.O.rang) Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Lewian

5 stars Herd of Instinct is a stunning, stunning album. It is pulsating and rich, like an unstoppable stream at some places, but very vulnerable and delicate at others. It is not really instrumental, but has an instrumental feel to it in that the voices are mainly used as instruments and building blocks of the overall atmosphere. Given that this is Harris and Webb from Talk Talk, some similarities are not surprising. The production and sound again focuses on bringing out the lively, natural, "breathing" character of the instruments and voices. Harris's drums are straight and direct (although heavy added percussion makes the rhythm much more complex at times) and again many guest musicians contribute to the overall picture, filling it up to the rim with diverse sounds, some calm, some noisy, some funny.

The songs are never driven by conventional melodies. Usually the rhythm takes the command, supported by some melodic riffs and phrases, in many cases with some strong dynamic leading from a rather "tentative" beginning to a veritable storm that takes everything with it; then there are also some more avant-gardish sound experiments that work very well in my view. Influences of Can's rhythmic improvisations and Holger Czukay's sound creations are obvious. If you like this kind of rhythmic, atmospheric stream, this is for you, and in this "genre" it's exceptionally rich and dynamic.

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