As Okta Logue prepare for the release of their third studio album the influence of their own side projects is becoming apparent. Rollergirls; powerchording energetic postrock and the Benno Herz Band; a somewhat more relaxed indi folk creation are being gently folded into the Progressive, Psychedelic tones of Okta Logue to create something quite unique. Okta Logue was formed by Benno Herz, Robi Herz and Philip Meloi 3 years ago as Zapphire Okta Logue but, with the addition of the fourth member Nicolai Hildebrandt, the band found their sound and a new name.
Okta Logue was formed by Benno Herz, Robi Herz and Philip Meloi 3 years ago as Zapphire Okta Logue but, with the addition of the fourth member Nicolai Hildebrandt, the band found their sound and a new name. Their last album, Ballads of a Burden was released on Nasoni found some critical acclaim.
The first song on the recording "Bright Lights" has old Prog Rockers holding back tears of reminiscence as the video, produced and directed by Nicolai, swoops around a slow motion garden party to the undulant tone of Benno Herz and Crew. The video won several awards and enjoyed several film festival showings.
Best Music Video at SEHS?CHTE 2011 Potsdam
Best Music Video at CLIPAWARD 2011 Mannheim
1st prize at VISIONALE 2010 Frankfurt (age 20 to 27)
LICHTER FILMTAGE 2011 Frankfurt
PROTOCLIP 2010 Paris
JUNG&FRISCH 2011 Darmstadt
KUFIFE 2010 Stuttgart
Their new album is due to be released early 2012 on Hazelwood Vinyl Plastics. Guitarist Meloi is the one to watch here with swooping solos and impeccable timing. The often idiosyncratic style of drummer Robert Herz deserves special mention. Its not often the time keeper is able to paint a picture in this manner.
Think early Pink Floyd and your halfway there. For now.