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Reviewed by Nick Thyme

Radioglo: In Between Time

Reviewed by Nick Thyme

Radioglo: In Between Time

Radioglo‘s main protagonists, Gene Bennett (formerly of Rubicon) and Heath Watson (Sour), came together with the intent to jam some acoustic guitar oriented ideas. The band has a flexible line up and ‘In Between Time’ features a host of contributions from Shannon Slade, Matt Short, Jonathan Corker, Neil Kulkarni, Justin Bird and Darryn Harkness. The tracks were similarly recorded in a number of studios across Auckland, with final mastering provided by Dave Rhodes.

On Your Own Again defines the album’s sound immediately, electric guitar melodies enveloped in a warm acoustic guitar wrapping, complemented by harmonising vocals. The album’s influences prove as varied as the line up of musicians appearing on it. World Is Turning makes me think The Housemartins have released a new single, while Pusherman and Toner could have been on the last Gomez record. It’s clear the approach to recording was not genre-specific, resulting in a unique collection of songs that are consistent in warmth as they cruise along perfectly in the express lane to accessibility. You could play ‘In Between Time’ on repeat at a dinner party without having to worry about any of your guests noticing. There’s no doubt that the songwriting chemistry between Watson and Bennett justified the effort behind this album.