Rival Consoles - Night Melody
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. 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."