Nocturne Blue is an art rock band led by Emmy-winning singer/songwriter Dutch Rall which incorporates elements of downtempo, dream pop, and post rock. And German-leaning electronica. And a little shoegazy goth distortion depending on the mood.
The group began as a long distance, lo-fi recording project via Los Angeles and Berlin between Dutch and U8 Touch guitarist Markus Reuter, but has since developed into a fully formed band with the occasional live show utilizing Rall's video art projections.
Musicians who have contributed to Nocturne Blue's music include Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Mark Cook, Troy Jones, Marco Machera, Markus Reuter, Adrian Voorhies, Bill Bachman, Pat Mastelotto, Julie Slick, and Kaitlyn ni Donovan.
Nocturne Blue is often compared to Massive Attack, Bowie, Daniel Lanois, Sylvian's work with Fripp, or on a good day, The Blue Nile.
"... drawing on goth, shoegaze and ambient rock...this gauzy, noirish flavor is the band’s stock in trade..."
"...gorgeous, ghostly and sublime!"
"...a pinch of Summer-and-Moroder disco trance, as well as a dash of Bowie’s Berlin" and a "‘70s nod to psychedelic German sequencing, or to Pink Floyd's "On The Run'."
"...looks like massive attack has eaten the jesus and mary chain..."