Okta Logue, first released nine years ago with an album release, is now an institution in the German rock scene. Their catchy, wonderfully arranged songs bridge the gap between folk, indie and progressive psychedelic pop. On their fourth album "Runway Markings", the quartet has further honed their sound with the help of producer Johann Scheerer.
Philip Meloi is in Italy right now when we get him on the phone to talk to him about his group's new record. Probably also because, but above all because he knows that Okta Logue have recorded a wonderful album with "Runway Markings" - the first on the indie label Clouds Hill - the guitarist and songwriter of the south Hessian band seems extremely relaxed.
eclipsed: You've always been with a major label. What kind of changes did changing to an indie bring to you?
Philip Meloi: Less than you might think. Many always have the image of the bad major in mind who manipulates the poor bands, but in our case that wasn't the case at all. However, Clouds Hill is ideal for us. Not only because the relationship with the people at the label is so good, but also because we could use this fantastic studio.
eclipsed: One hears more and more often that musicians of different genres rave about this analogue recording studio in Hamburg.
Meloi: This is really traditional: large rooms, a lot of analog equipment, everything very noble. You can make records like you used to, that's very good for our sound of course.
eclipsed: Like every one of your four albums has its very own sound.
Meloi: Yes, we have very specific ideas about how we want to sound. I just always call us a rock band, even if that's not enough for many people, because we have a lot of progressive elements in it. Of course we are primarily inspired by the bands from the 70s, but we also automatically recorded sounds from the 80s and 90s due to our musical socialization.
With the weakest opener since years the new Heep album comes up. "Speed Of Sound" is exactly the opposite of what the title promises. It really starts with the atmospheric "One Minute". Wonderful organ sounds meet a Bernie Shaw in top form. Finally the sympathetic singer can put himself in the limelight.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.