Two years after Persona, London-based producer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles announced the release of a new album. Articulation is out on July 31st via Erased Tapes. It 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.
We already shared title-track; “Vibrations on a String” is a new excerpt. Listen below.
The idea of using analog 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.