Rival Consoles Details New Album, ‘Articulation’
'Articulation' LP is scheduled for July 31 release via Erased Tapes.
Articulation follows 2018’s Persona LP, also on Erased Tapes. Unlike the London producer’s previous work, it’s produced with a visual way of thinking, which is to say that during the writing process he 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.
“Articulation,” the album’s lead track, connects the record with 2016’s Night Melody, with its varying time signatures and complex structure of notes, which create an expression of a moving structure.
“The title track is about articulation and playfulness with shape and time,” Rival Consoles, real name Ryan Lee West, explains. “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.”
Since’s Persona, West has put out a number of singles, including “Them Is Us” for Adult Swim’s Singles series and “Winter’s Lament” for Piano Day. He put out Howl on Erased Tapes in 2015, and you can read all about it in his interview here.
01. Vibrations on a String
05. Still Here
06. Sudden Awareness of Now
Articulation LP is scheduled for July 31 release via Erased Tapes. Meanwhile, you can stream the lead single below, and pre-order the album here.