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|And that much is obvious. He’s a member of DOT, too: a band on Twisted Nerve that have more of a guitar ethic but use Rutledge’s computer trickery to stunning effect. “With DOT, I wanted to play in a group that has songs with words rather than abstract beats. But in a band you can never really do what you want.”
Compromise or perhaps a refusal to do so characterizes all of Rutledge’s work. Like Four Tet, his record is entirely instrumental and despite an incredible side project with rising folker Kathryn Williams, he’s not about to use vocals to gain acclaim. It’s all about the music.
“Sometimes people get to a certain point and seem to think it’s not a proper record unless it has vocalists on. That’s rubbish. I’ve go a string of people in my head who I’d like to do stuff with but it has to be at the right time; not just for the sake of doing it.”