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[ Run Level Zero - Arctic Noise ]
Hailing from Germany, Marcus Geltner (arrangement, production, vocals, keyboards, mixing) and Toby Bartzsch (additional production, guitars, keyboards) have been creating music as Rename for just a short time.  Their first album Culture has just recently been released on A Different Drum records, but only after the release of the preview single You Don't Deserve My Love which has been well-received by synthpop fans.  They have also been busy doing some remixes for fellow labelmates Provision and did an excellent remix for De/Vision on their single Turn Me On.

This duo brings pure modern synthpop to electronic music fans.  The melodic vocals and synth elements ride the great dance-friendly beats for smooth, catchy tracks.  Whether it's their romantic ballads or the upbeat dance tracks, the music will take you in stay in your mind for a long time to come.  They mirror classic 80's acts in many ways, fans of Pet Shop Boys and Erasure will be pleased with this act.

With smooth synthpop having a permanent place here on Gothic Paradise, you can be sure to catch tracks from this group on the club radio show.  Be sure to check them out, check back often and stay up-to-date on their activities by following the links below.


Culture - Review - (03/02/05)

After their catchy single You Don't Deserve My Love, it was a pleasure to hear this debut album.  It simply takes the best elements presented on the single and multiplies them 13 times.  If you enjoyed the single, then you'll love this album.  It's long enough to satisfy and has all the great elements of pure modern synthpop.

Kicking off this work is the album version of "Maybe Later I Will Fall" which has quickly grown on me as a favorite with the smooth trip-hop beats and layered synths.  Marcus' smooth high tenor vocals really bring out memories of the great classic synthpop bands.  The touches of techno elements are limited to vocoded vocals here and there, but not much more and so the authentic synth style is preserved without being watered down without all of the modern frills.

Dance-friendly tracks like the single "You Don't Deserve My Love" grace the album several times throughout.  This particular track is the best on the album and it's easy to see why it was picked as the single.  Other tracks like "Stay" and "Something Painful Must Have Happened" pick up a bit more on the modern elements, but keep the beats moving and the vocals clear and the entire mood catchy and hypnotic.  Even the Roxette / Per Gessle cover of "Wonder" with additional music and lyrics have a rhythm and make this a fun track that really puts the "pop" in synthpop.

Romantic ballads grace the album as well as all of these up-tempo dance tracks.  "Heaven Forever" almost takes you back to the OMD days with it's sentimental lyrics and moods.

While it's not the dark synthpop and darkwave that is featured more predominently here, this is fun, pure synthpop that many people of different tastes and styles can enjoy.  We have thirteen fresh tracks of great electronic music.

Rating: 3.5/5


You Don't Deserve My Love - Review

Here is another band on the A Different Drum label which captures so perfectly that feel of the popular 90’s synthpop movement. They mix solid synthpop on some tracks while others drift into a catchy trip-hop style of “Maybe Later I Will Fall” or even still into a smooth jazzy groove with “Love Is a Cool Cat”. 

The title track is presented in five different remixes, all of which are up-beat and dance-friendly.  They all capitalize on the moving beat and suave melodies of the original version, or the closest we get is the “Extended Version” which is usually just a club extension of the original track making them easier for club DJs to mix.  But then you add DJ Ram and Provision, two other label mates that produce great synthpop, and you have some really great remixes.  The power of both of these mixes is amplified with a little more bass and other elements.  DJ Ram deviates the most with his typical style that leans a bit more towards the harder driving techno/EBM crossover.  My favorite on this single, and the track you will hear the most on the Gothic Paradise club radio show is the “USA Club Mix” with it’s heavy bass and solid beats on top of the solid synthpop of the original.  This along with the two other tracks mentioned above creates a great single that even though the same track is repeated five times, they’re different and catchy enough that you don?t really get bored.


Website: www.rename-music.com
Label: A Different Drum

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