Label: Mush - MH-240 • Format: CD Album CD Album All Media Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Abstract, Downtempo
Given the fact that 24 year old James Rutledge; aka Pedro first delivered his debut EP [ melo ] for the melodic label in Juneindicates to us that this is a young The Water Ran This Way Back And Forth - Pedro - Pedro / Fear & Resilience (CD that wishes and deserves to have his album taken seriously. But this is no time for bemused corrugated foreheads. This album has twists and turns but is not one that cannot be understood.
This album was well worth the wait. Shall we dispense with the Folktronica tag at this stage then? Why not.
When a record has so many signifying strands, it would be trite to dismiss it as simply that. As James puts it himself, ' I was trying to take a hip hop aesthetic and expand the range of references to stuff like 20th century classical, jazz, 2 step, early electronic music - all the stuff that I get inspired by. I wanted to move on from the sound of my 2 ep's and I think I'm progressing '. A humble heart or simple understatement?
We think the recordings are a validation of him Album hell and high water for that new found aesthetic. Essentially, he is finding his voice, in the only way he knows how; through a distillation of many many music forms. A morphing electronic player with the underpinning of rock. What singles Pedro out from the crowd is the soulful elements and the doffed cap towards nature. For a man that has recently relocated Del Mismo Barro - León Gieco - Mensajes Del Alma London, this album is covered in shrubbery.
His life of old. But before one thinks about the parochial, Pedro's mastery of programming slaps doubters into place and onto a fast track to the modern age. This track holds the evidence of his love's labour; the track being about an hours worth of work processed and pasted down into nine minutes; a master magpie at work, picking and choosing licks and tricks to hang off of his vision.
What with the debut album due, another album of early work to be released early and many collaborative moments beginning to land on the table, on the back of last years EP with Kathryn Williams, other fans are surely waiting in the wings.
When you realise that the name Pedro actually comes from the Alex Cox movie 'Highway Patrolman' who is by all accounts quite a luckless chap, The Water Ran This Way Back And Forth - Pedro - Pedro / Fear & Resilience (CD ultimate paradox finally arrives.
On this occasion, Pixels do weave a real person. Lastly, be sure to catch his live debut, alongside Minotaur Shock and label boss David Cooper this years Sonar festival on June 12th. James has also contributed music to the forthcoming film The Last Great Wilderness, on general release from May. Beautiful no? Pedro LP Pedro ' a beautiful soundtrack for your life that teases out those dormant emotions ' - DJ Given the fact that 24 year old James Rutledge; aka Pedro first delivered his debut EP [ melo ] for the melodic label in Juneindicates to us Album) this is a young man that Album) and deserves to have his album taken seriously.
I wanted to move on from the sound of my 2 ep's and I think I'm progressing ' A humble heart or simple understatement?
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