Lee Harris and Paul Webb like to collect things. Touring the world with Talk Talk for a decade, they collected many and strange instruments, objects and photographs along the way. If you visit their studio today, chances are they'll collect a sample of you, doing something of passing sonic interest for their documentary files. Aural jackdaws, the pair of 'em, they've assembled all of this and more in the studio they affectionately call The Slug.
Extracting the most expressive moments from hours of tape, Lee and Paul digitally edit their random cries from the urban jungle into a scintillating mix. Pour a love of Fela Kuti, African Headcharge and Can into the melting pot, and you can imagine the heady brew on offer. To capture that primitive edge, they've called themselves Orang and their first album Herd Of Instinct is out late July on Echo.
Talk Talk, meanwhile, are far from extinct. Mark Hollis, in cahoots with Warne Livesey, is currently stretching his computer's memory banks to the limit with reams of new material which he can cut and paste into satisfying arrangements for a new album - on which Lee Harris will probably play drums. In all likelihood, most of these files will ultimately be replaced by real instruments, but, as Talk Talk's manager Keith Aspden will tell you, there's no guarantee that the final sounds will bear any resemblance to their computerised origins. Clarinet can become guitar, trumpet can become breaking glass - that's modern recording. Expect something by the end of the year.
News by Phil Ward
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