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Articulation

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SolaceSeb This vinyl (clear) the sound is plain & simply horrible. The many artifacts/imperfections are so bad that at one of these spots the album gets stuck looping & will play to infinity. I am very disappointed with the sound quality & that this made it through quality control. The whole vinyl album doesn't sound good. As well, the clear sleeve this vinyl is housed in arrived with one side completely torn thus the record can easily fall out of the side. Oof! Any chance of getting my vinyl replaced?!?
Martin Doudoroff
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Martin Doudoroff Cooly sunny set of the detailed, propulsive music you’d expect from Rival Consoles. Feels like a sequel to the divine Night Melody. Favorite track: Still Here.
myersg
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myersg Summing the opposites once again, glad to hear a possible big brother to his EP "Night Melody" which is my favorite....That good ole comforting dark!
paul locke
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paul locke Hi,
Love the record. But that clear PVC cover isn’t going anywhere near my record collection. I’m not going to risk it. Not sure why you’d use it. Can you verify that it doesn’t cause vinyl cancer??

Paul.
Nick Garcia
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Nick Garcia vibrations on a string's first minute is easily my favorite part about this whole album! Favorite track: Vibrations on a String.
Tim Black
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Tim Black I love rival consoles but articulation is just phenomenal! It’s like you were already good then this so now oh my god what comes next
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Forwardism 05:41
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Melodica 03:39
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Still Here 04:24
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Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles announces details of his highly anticipated new album Articulation, released with Erased Tapes on 31 July 2020.

Lead track and album centrepiece ‘Articulation’ links the record back to the analogue fluidity and colour of 2016’s Night Melody. The division of varying time signatures, intertwined with a complex structure of notes, creates an expression of a moving structure and conjures a dreamy, motorik energy. Ryan Lee West explains, "The title track is about articulation and playfulness with shape and time. Its structure is very machine-like, but I was really interested in how melody and sense of story could develop out of this, and it became an exploration of mathematical structures — patterns and shapes having a conversation. I love that something on paper can appear rigid and calculated, but then take on new meaning based on the context that surrounds it, or how it changes over time."

Articulation, which follows 2018’s Persona, was conceived with a very visual way of thinking, unusual for the London musician and producer. During the writing process Ryan drew structures, shapes and patterns by hand to try and find new ways of thinking about music, giving himself a way to problem-solve away from the computer. The album title references a piece by the avant-garde contemporary composer Györgi Ligeti, though not for its music, but for the non-traditional graphic score that accompanied it.

“I find electronic music is often battling to say something with integrity because technology and production can easily get in the way. I think the goal of a lot of electronic composers is to find a balance between the vision of the idea and the power of possibilities on the computer. With a pen and paper sketch you can compose and rethink ideas without technology getting in the way, so for me it acts as a very helpful tool to refresh the process.” — Ryan Lee West

The idea of using analogue drawings and tools to bolster digital creations can be heard in the structure of the pieces that make up Articulation from the broody techno opener ‘Vibrations on a String’ all the way to the album’s boundless closer ‘Sudden Awareness of Now’. While the anthemic rise and fall of ‘Still Here’ and the beatless ambient meditation ‘Melodica’ evoke a certain nostalgia, ‘Forwardism’ achieves the very opposite by burying its melody within the fast-paced rhythm of its pulsating synths.

Rising out of birdsong heard from his studio window, ‘Sudden Awareness of Now’ has a particular urgency about it and seems to perfectly capture a longing for escape. Built around a simple and repetitive melodic theme, expanding and retracting over the course of its seven-minute odyssey, West explains; “I like the fact that if you say something over and over again in music, then over time it can become something else, something reflective.”

Since the release of Persona, Ryan Lee West has taken his captivating live A/V set to all corners of the world. Last seen live on stage with 17 players of the London Contemporary Orchestra for a sold-out orchestral performance at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in January 2020.

Meanwhile Lee West has kept busy. After contributing an exclusive track titled ‘Them Is Us’ to Adult Swim’s coveted Singles series, he recently shared the beautifully textured solo piano piece Winter’s Lament on this year’s Piano Day. He has also been in high demand as a composer, scoring Charlie Brooker’s much talked about Black Mirror episode Striking Vipers, composing original music for Secret Cinema presents Stranger Things as well as renowned choreographer Alexander’s Whitley’s groundbreaking new work Overflow which was set to premiere at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre this spring.

Articulation will be available worldwide on 31 July, with live activities to be announced as soon as the situation allows safe event planning.

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released July 31, 2020

P & C 2020 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.
Published by Erased Tapes Music Publishing Ltd.
All tracks written, performed and produced by Ryan Lee West

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Rival Consoles London, UK

London-based producer Ryan Lee West, better known under the name Rival Consoles, is notable for making synthesisers sound human and atmospheric.

It’s rarely reported that Rival Consoles was Erased Tapes’ very first signing, with a CDR of early demos under the name Aparatec that inspired founder Robert Raths to start the label in 2007.
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