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Label Rival Consoles


'Howl' is the new album by Rival Consoles, London-based
electronic producer Ryan Lee West, set for release through
Erased Tapes on 16th October 2015.
Foremost a guitarist, growing up listening to rock rather than club
music, West continues to strive towards finding a more personal
balance between music for home listening and larger spaces. The
title track was inspired by the howl-like tones he developed by
running synths through guitar pedals.
"By slowly drifting the pitch through distortion and delays, the result
sounded like vocal cries – something which was perfect for the song
and this inspired me to take on a darker set of tones across the
whole album. It was made over the past few years, inspired by
capturing small performances on synths, touring with some of my
musical heroes, playing with feedback when I should have been
catching a train, sampling my voice in unexpected conditions and
recording textures in different countries.”
The album explores a wide range of emotions; from the dissonance
eruptions and primal rhythms in 'Howl', to the mournful
improvisations of '3 Laments', which features a sample of his own
voice. Alongside his performances on Moog, Prophet, tape delay and
guitar, West enlisted the help of drummer Fabian Prynn for ‘Low’
and cellist Peter Gregson for ‘Walls’, both long-time collaborators of
Erased Tapes peers Douglas Dare and Michael Price.
"This album features a lot of my own recordings, rather than simply
using samples that I have sitting on my computer. This gives the
album a more personal feeling, which is very important to me
because I think we live in a time where there is just so much
recorded material out there, and accessible at a click of a button,
that the joy of recording your own drum sounds, your own
percussion, your own claps, seems redundant – but it’s not! That
should be a priority because its often more interesting and makes
you choose a different creative path."
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. Indeed West has
more in common with his contemporaries Nils Frahm and Peter
Broderick than some might think. His consistent desire to create a
more organic, humanised sound sees West often draft early ideas on
traditional, acoustic instruments like the guitar or the piano; forming
pieces that capture a sense of songwriting behind the electronics.
"I try to create atmosphere and mood throughout with a less-is-more
approach to composition. I'm always trying to find an exciting
reaction from a few ingredients, because that is magic to me. To
make something interesting with tons of layers of effects just doesn't
excite me. But to make something interesting with just three layers
requires a special alignment of sounds, ideas and timing. This is my
most personal work to date, following on from 'Odyssey' and 'Sonne'
which gave me the confidence to continue exploring my own ideas
and approach to sound. The essence of this album was made with a
few synths, some guitar pedals and lots of cups of tea. I hope you’ll
enjoy it."