Running On Air — Joe Evans
Joe Evans is a multi-disciplined musician dividing his time between tightly formulated experimental found-sound manipulation, microtonal composition, and frequency-ratio composition as ‘Joe Evans’; and genre-clashing techno as ‘RunningOnAir’. He previously ran his own label called ‘RunningOnAir Music’. He continues to record and perform live and recently began a new collaborative series of events in Winchester called ‘Fold’.
Running On Air
A brooding early UK techno/ambient d&b hybrid, it’s bursting with pre-millenial angst and Vangelis-influenced futurescapes. The computerised voice samples and eerie sci-fi paranoia of tracks like ‘We’ and ‘I Am More Than A Machine’ take you right back. Others though, most notably the tense, dystopian ‘An Ongoing Situation’, sound fresh as tomorrow; albeit one which wakes to fear collapsing moral authority and social anarchy. As a brand-new release, it might make your end-of-year list.Carl Griffin, Electronic Sound Magazine
“A late breaking gem from RunningOnAir. Exquisitely packaged.”
Included the album in his top 20 of 2016 albums.
Included the track “More Than Machine” in his top 20 tunes of 2016.Simon Reynolds — Blissblog / Energy Flash
‘Running On Air’ comprises collected recordings made in the mid-1990s by British producer Joe Evans, whose work these days tends towards ambient and mathematically inspired modern composition. With the freedom of the bedroom producer, the tracks are infused with a sense that possibility expands alongside paranoia. The acid bassline, needling Morse code tones and reverb-soaked drum crashes of ‘In Search Of The W’ angle for a TV thriller contract.
There’s plenty here for listeners wistful for the days when The Black Dog and Future Sound Of London could suggest cyberscapes of neurons uploading to the world wide web with the twinkle of a digital bell chime.Abi Bliss, The Wire
A beautifully amorphous set and one for the Ghost Box completists, ‘Running On Air’ swims in familiar terrains, a head phonic delight, the symphonies streamlined and seamless hint of a nostalgic future facing wonder and while it does offer a glimpse of a past peering into the future, its structuring, vibe and texturing is indelibly moored to its 90’s surroundings culturing a less rash, less overtly pop specific, more nocturnally murmured shadowland of techno’s infant spirit. RunningOnAir at the dawn of the internet’s first flowering of music file sharing in the 90’s, ghost light from an age not so distant.Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience
‘In Heaven’ — 25/10/16. Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music
‘In Search of the W’ — 25/11/16. Electronic Therapy, Radio Mercure, France
This album is a unique document of the times and exists as an amalgamation of themes and situations, rather than of genre or musical language. Civil unrest, insidious state surveillance, the searing blaze of toddling microchip technology,
lingering post-Cold War paranoia, the abandonment of the natural world, machines with ambition, humans honing their steel-cold egotism, beautiful relationships in a world championing the moody lone ranger — all these themes lie down together, forming the timeless strata of ‘Running On Air’.