Osta Love: Touches both hearts and heads…..

Osta Love - About Time

Much is About Time, but About Time is also the new album from the band Osta Love. Osta Love weave diverse influences into their very own style of Artrock, always adding a dose of melancholic dreamscape to their unique sound that touches both hearts and heads. The track Dessert Shuffle,

Osta Love was started as a studio project by childhood friends Tobias Geberth and Leon Ackermann in their hometown of Heidelberg.In 2010 they moved to Berlin and released their first work, Colours as a download only in 2011. The track Oscillating,

Osta Love really found their voice on the stylistically diverse yet tonally consistent second album The Isle Of Dogs which has been called «a brilliant tightrope walk between catchiness and mystery» – Eclipsed and «for the last remaining connoisseurs, incredibly original » –

After releasing the seven minute single Sunset Point, the duo spent the next two years in Berlin’s Paul Lincke Studio, recording their most refined record to date About Time which will be released on the third of July 2020.

Osta Love set out to compose memorable songs that stay surprising and interesting even after repeated listening, adding a certain musical complexity to the songs without over-complicating them – qualities they admire in bands like Pink Floyd, Steely Dan and The Beatles, probably the three acts that influenced them most.

«We have known each other for quite a long time. Growing up in Heidelberg, we met on our first day of school which was September 11 2001 of all days. When we were about sixteen we started jamming in our standard issue Rock’n’Roll basement and writing riffs that all sounded like Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple. In 2010 we moved to Berlin and recorded our first real songs under the name Osta Love. One of our first gigs was opening for Boy & Bear, so we played our (probably pretty under-cooked) rock set to a slightly startled audience, who were in the mood for gentle folk songs…».

«After gaining more successful live experience and writing more songs, we recorded our first album Good Morning Dystopia which was mostly influenced by 70s Progressive Rock greats from Pink Floyd to King Crimson and the various forms their musical heritage had taken in the hands of contemporary musicians such as Steven Wilson».

«We were both studying musicology at that point, which was inspiring in that it exposed us to music we never paid much attention to before, like medieval chorales or 20th century avant-garde composers. We also learned more about music theory and composition and with that new knowledge we wrote our second album The Isle of Dogs. The record was a huge step forward for us, in both sound and songwriting».

«After Good Morning Dystopia we had teamed up with Marcel Sollorz on Keys and Oliver Nickel on Bass who also contributed to The Isle of Dogs, and as a four-piece we started playing regularly in Berlin. One memorable show was opening for The Pineapple Thief in Dresden».

«We then had the opportunity to record at Paul Lincke Studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg, where Tobias Geberth worked as an engineer and producer from time to time. After years of recording more or less in a bedroom-studio situation, we could finally work with an old Hammond organ, vintage amps turned up to eleven and record drums with state-of-the-art microphones».

«After releasing the seven minute single Sunset Point with Marcel Sollorz and Oliver Nickel, the two of us started working on our third album in the studio. We spent two years writing, recording and mixing the songs that ended up on About Time. We like to think that the studio itself is part of the record, nearly every track being recorded in its big live room. But not only are we immensely proud of the sound of the record, we also think we’ve written our best songs to date and managed to put together an album that works as one homogeneous musical journey while still being multifaceted and musically eclectic».


Om Ulf Backstrøm (6856 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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