Rival Consoles released ‘Persona,’ going on tour
Rival Consoles (real name Ryan Lee West) -- often compared to Jon Hopkins and Nils Frahm -- has been making forward-thinking electronic music for many years now, and he recently put out a new LP called Persona. The album shares its title with the Ingmar Bergman film of the same name, whose opening scene was a main inspiration for the record. Fitting with this theme, the album feels very cinematic, with West taking cues from many synth-heavy film scores, and juxtaposing hard-hitting rhythms with sweeping, grand synth flourishes. Here's what West had to say about the making of Persona:
My music is generally inward looking. I like finding something about the self within music, that doesn't have to be specific but maybe asks something or reveals something. This record is a continuation on the self through electronic sounds. Like Legowelt once said, 'a synthesiser is like a translator for unknown emotions,' which I think sums up what I am trying to do. I think all these emotions we have make up our persona. So in a way by finding new ones you alter or expand your persona. And that is what I want my music to try to do. I deliberately aimed to be more sonically diverse with this record. I wanted to experiment more. I wanted to create new sounds and new emotions.
You can stream Persona in full, and watch the video for album highlight "Untravel," below.
Rival Consoles will be going on a brief North American tour this May, which includes a stop at Brooklyn's Elsewhere on May 12 (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Rival Consoles - 2018 Tour Dates
May 11 - Montreal - Fairmount Theatre
May 12 - Brooklyn - Elsewhere (Zone One)
May 15 - Philadelphia - PhilaMOCA
May 16 - Chicago - Empty Bottle
May 17 - Austin - Empire Control Room
May 18 - Los Angeles - Union
May 19 - San Francisco - Gray Areariva