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RIVAL CONSOLES

NIGHT MELODY / ARTICULATION

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Format: CD
Cata No: ERATP139CD
Barcode: 3700551783182
**EMABRGOED UNTIL ANNOUNCE ON 24TH NOV** Some of London-based electronic songwriter Ryan Lee West’s
most recognised work to date comes in the shape of spontaneous
EP or so-called mini album releases— clocking in just under the
40-minute mark, keeping their contents urgent, immediate and
to the point.
As with his 2013 EP Odyssey and 2014’s Sonne, which were later
compiled to a full-length release titled Odyssey / Sonne in
2015, there is a similarly strong synergy between his 2016 mini
album Night Melody and this year’s Articulation — made available
on CD and digital formats under the title Night Melody /
Articulation.
His 34-minute, 6-track mini album Night Melody was born out
of and shaped by long hours working into the night. It’s nocturnal
in sound; mysterious in the way that the early hours so often are.
The opening statement Pattern Of The North starts off with a
collage of spliced synth melodies, inspired by anxiety that
accompanies going home for Christmas. It’s followed
by Johannesburg, an early sketch gradually filled out during his
tour in South Africa. The closing statement What Sorrow is a
fitting end to the album, building from gentle melancholia to a
joyous crescendo. It’s a sensibility that’s central to the record;
joy and sorrow both find their counterpoints.
July 31, 2020 saw the release of his highly anticipated new
album Articulation with an equal running time of 34
minutes. 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.
Articulation 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.
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’. Rising out of birdsong heard from his studio
window, it 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.

Tracks:

1 Pattern of the North
2 Johannesburg
3 Slow Song
4 Lone
5 Night Melody
6 What Sorrow
7 Vibrations on a String
8 Forwardism
9 Melodica
10 Articulation
11 Still Here
12 Sudden Awareness of Now

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