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Music Review: Betweenzone – ‘You Give Your Life Away’ Offers Dazzling Electro-Pop

Straight out of Hannover, Germany comes Betweenzone. The band is made up of Dave M. Rile on vocals and production and East on guitars and bass. Betweenzone’s sound is difficult to pigeonhole, amalgamating elements of electronic dance, indie-rock, and retro rock with tinctures of psychedelia tossed in for flavor.

New Album You Give Your Life Away

Betweenzone’s new album You Give Your Life Away will come out in spring 2018. Here we present a preview of five of the songs from the forthcoming album.

“Put It Away” opens with Spanish-flavored guitar leading into a thumping groove powered by a Jovian kick drum. Quavering synths inject lustrous harmonics contrasting with the reverberating bassline, giving the tune an exotic electro-pop flavor. Rile’s reedy tenor voice imbues the lyrics with a pungent, compact texture.

“Such a Big Mistake” begins with discordant, scratchy sound effects and then flows into a funk-based R&B/jazz melody. The beat is tight and crisp, riding beneath braying horns that impose strident colors. Rile’s voice attains a reggae smack and cadence that work well with the melody. The overall feel of the song exudes a retro electro-pop essence.

Potent Bassline and Twangy Guitar

“Time Has Come” merges keyboards and a potent bassline into a pop-flavored melody that’s tantalizingly horizontal in effect. I love the juxtaposition of the twangy guitar with the simmering colors of the synth. And Rile’s tenor assumes a quasi-falsetto relish that’s scrumptious, especially with the soft “ooh ooh” background harmonies.

“Dreamscape” takes things down a notch, blending psychedelic prog-rock aromas with jangling guitars and industrial metallic synths. The rhythmic pulse of the tune wavers and pulses with gentle energy, as Rile’s voice again takes on a narrow reedy timbre. The chorus descends in tone, assuming a Beatles-esque “I Am the Walrus” lilt, along with a kaleidoscopic aura.

The title track rides a pulsating industrial-strength electro-dance melody replete with delicately fluctuating colors from the synths and retro “ba-dap-a-boop” background vocal harmonies. The rhythmic throb palpitates with electrifying energy that’s enhanced by the stuttering nuances of the synths as the music ramps up. Layers of harmonics infuse the tune with pyrotechnic dynamism. Palpable omph and momentum make this song eminently danceable.

Contagious Melodies and Muscular Rhythms

You Give Your Life Away features contagious melodies and muscular rhythms, as well as an exotic European aspect that bathes the music in a luminous dust of glittering allure. Betweenzone definitely has it going on. You Give Your Life Away is worth your time and attention and, if the rest of the album is just as tasty, it promises to be excellent.

Find out more about Betweenzone at the band’s website and Facebook page.

Download songs from their ReverbNation page.

About Randall Radic

Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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