Boomkat Product Review:
If the name James Rutledge seems somehow familiar it might be that you've encountered his work as Pedro, his beat-driven, sample-mangling alter ego. While the Pedro catalogue has been frequently compared to Four Tet, taking a melodic and very accessible slant on electronica, Rutledge's current line of work is of a more radical and abstract character. Using guitars, vintage synthesizers and a variety of pedals Rutledge embarks upon an extended foray into experimental soundscaping, tackling an overtly psychedelic sound that's sure to court favourable attention from followers of Black Dice, Growing, Fuck Buttons and other such sonic adventures. Stretched between earthy American underground sounds and outright digital glitch, Rutledge sails through 'Out The Magik Window' using backwards effects, euphoric drones and occasional dabblings in bitcrushed noise. Meanwhile, 'Playing Field Ghost' shifts into a pastoral gear, embracing more tranquil, serene electronic timbres whilst introducing field recordings and various analogue textures to Rutledge's heady brew. The result of all this is a rewarding and very approachable record with enough going on beneath the surface to enthrall electronica part-timers and more hardened microsound hounds alike.