A late breaking gem, lost a little maybe (November 11 release, days after the Cataclysm) from RunningOnAir. On Patterned Air Recordings, the label responsible for one of the year's best: Creaking Haze and Other RaveGhosts, by Assembled Minds.
Exquisitely packaged, as they all are...
Particularly like this tune
‘Lingering Post-Cold War Paranoia Techno’
‘Running On Air’ the album, was written in the 1990s by Joe Evans in his cable-strewn midi-bunker (at various times located in Glasgow, Northampton and London) using glowing hardware audio devices and a Mac Classic to rouse and rally them. It was born during a period when the internet had become accessible and useful to many; information was being shared, picked-over and proliferated by the masses like never before. It was also a time when the music industry first got a glimpse of its demise amidst blazing creativity and genre-fracturing musical discourse on forums, online radio stations, pirate radio stations and clubs — and the killer, file sharing.
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’.
Was this really written / recorded in the 1990s, or is it made to sound like it was? That's what I wondered when reading the blurb above... It doesn't sound like something actually from that time, as much as it stays within the technical limitations and tropes of that decade. But perhaps this is just me being paranoid... Nowadays you can't trust anything you read.
Patterned Air also have another release out around this time too - Woodland Walk by CukoO
- this didn't grasp me quite as tightly as the RunningOnAir and Assembled Minds, although it's excellent stuff.