Run On's debut EP On/Off shows off a raw version of the group's sonic template: Sue Garner's alternately sweet and tough vocals come to the front over angular, buzzing guitar lines, blasts of organ and complex percussion. Marimbas enliven the instrumental "Switch On" and a distorted harmonica solo gives the art-punky "Into the Attic" a twist. The aptly-named "Pretty Note" lets Garner's languid vocals preside over softly noisy guitars, while "Water" features a tougher take on the group's sound. Finally, "Beat Out" mixes intricate percussion and droning vocals from Rick Brown with chiming guitars for a hypnotic effect. On/Off traces Run On's development as a band playing around with blending pop and avant leanings; though not every idea here is a great success, the textures, arrangements and songwriting are thoughtful and promising.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares