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RIVAL CONSOLES

NIGHT MELDOY

ERASED TAPES


Format: 12"
Cata No: ERATP087LP
Barcode: 4050486111802
London-based electronic songwriter Ryan Lee West aka Rival
Consoles to release his most personal work to date in the form
of a mini-album titled ‘Night Melody’ through Erased Tapes on
5th August 2016.
During the release of his acclaimed full-length album ‘Howl’ and
heavy touring in late 2015, Ryan came out of a 13-year long
relationship and found himself making music throughout the winter
months. The result of his efforts is a 34-minute, 6-track mini album
‘Night Melody’, 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.
“I found myself, in a silent home, with the days getting dark very
early. I’ve never before in my life been affected by the lack of light so
much. I just remember it always being night time. I would either
make music into the night, go out drinking with friends, or go to
parties and dance into the early hours, every day, week after week,
month after month, until eventually the days became brighter again.”
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.
“After playing it around some of the cities, I got a lot of inspiration to
bring it to life and push it into something that really moves me. I
think this is one of my most colourful pieces of music, with its driving
rhythm and almost a homage to Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ towards the end,
with a build of very simple, hypnotic parts. I especially love that for
over five minutes the piece is tied to just one note. This makes the
ending very dramatic, because all of a sudden there is this harmonic
change.”
‘Lone’ started life around the time Ryan was working on his ‘Sonne’
EP in 2014. It’s the result of constant adjustments to find the perfect
balance of fragility and assurance. As everything on the album, it’s a
carefully considered, emotionally mature piece. “I think, as I get
older, I need music to represent something and not just sound
interesting, though of course the two are connected.”
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.
“This record is very personal to me and I hope it offers something for
other people, as it helped me to make it and to listen to it. Almost
every synth line was recorded intuitively, without perfection but with
a lot of intention and expression. I’m not interested in making
something sad or making something happy. I want music to be
bittersweet, to be more complex, like life – containing moments of
vibrant colour and hope, as much as darkness and sadness.”
This summer will see Ryan follow on from his recent North American
Tour with the appearance at many festivals including Lovebox, Secret
Garden Party, La Route Du Rock, Sea Change and Tale of Us-curated
Afterlife party at Space, Ibiza.

Tracks:

A1. Pattern Of The North
A2. Johannesburg
A3. Slow Song
B1. Lone
B2. Night Melody
B3. What Sorrow

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