Even the first 60 seconds are enough to know how the rabbit walks. Or to put it another way: Even the first 60 seconds are enough to know that nothing can go wrong on this album. The opening piece "Transit" begins with such a beautiful guitar, a discreet organ in the background and the matching, languishing vocals. That's best 70s music. Not lard, not pathos, but the spirit of rock'n'roll. The German band Okta Logue continues where they left off with their debut album "Ballads Of A Burden" and develops their sound a bit further on their second album "Tales Of Transit City". Surprising are the increased use of the piano, which displaces the organ in some places, and some dull loops (like in the middle part of the opener). The guitars, or rather their elegant lines, set the tone. It's you who keep making people sit up and take notice. The harmony chants in "Mr. Busdriver" are reminiscent of the Beatles or the Beach Boys. The quiet "Dream On" beguiles with its elegant vocal melody and the "jumping" piano, which gives the song a certain humorous charm. The 60s beat in "Let Go" is so authentic that it leaves you speechless. "Chase The Day" is especially exciting because of its slowness, the Mellotron does the rest. When the smooth backing vocals enter the stage, the song develops into a hymn. The concluding "You" is also the highlight: the organ is booming, the vocals are relaxed, the guitar solo in the instrumental middle section pays homage to David Gilmour. Okta Logue hike sovereign in the 70s rock. It's hard to find a weak spot in Tales Of Transit City. Probably because there isn't one here.
Top track: You