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Rival Consoles announces new album with lead track "Articulation"

27 May 2020, 16:48 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, has announced his new album Articulation, alongside sharing the title-track as the lead single.

"Articulation" is the first new release from Rival Consoles since March's "Winter's Lament" track.

Lee West says of the single, "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 will be the first Rival Consoles album since 2018's Persona.

A press release states that the musician approached writing the new album in a very visual way, drawing "structures, shapes and patterns by hand to try and find new ways of thinking about music."

He says, "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."

Tracklist:

  1. Vibrations on a String
  2. Forwardism
  3. Melodica
  4. Articulation
  5. Still Here
  6. Sudden Awareness of Now
"Articulation" is out now. Rival Consoles' Articulation album will arrive 31 July via Erased Tapes, and is available to pre-order now.
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