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Now Is

Rival Consoles

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Is there an artist better at making synths weep? Many have searched for God through their modular synthesisers, but few have reached such heights or demonstrated such ease in handling their instrument. Signed exclusively to the Erased Tapes label ever since the beginning of his career, Ryan Lee West maintains his steady pace with his third album, Now is, following Articulation in 2020 and Overflow in 2021. With Now Is, Rival Consoles opens ‘a new chapter in an ongoing quest for refinement and evolution’ (very nicely put). After the dystopian Overflow, the English producer wanted to compose a more ‘colourful and euphoric’ album. As on every record, and perhaps even more so here, Rival Consoles comfortably tucks listeners into a box padded with cotton wool and takes them on a journey. You never really know where it starts or ends, but it doesn’t matter; it’s not the kind of music you want to intellectualise… You just want to lose yourself in the majestic synth loops, contemplative melodies, ultra-fuzzy techno beats and long, ambient tracks that will send shivers down your spine. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
Beginnings
00:03:30

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

2
World Turns
00:05:23

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

3
Eventually
00:05:24

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

4
Frontiers
00:04:10

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

5
Vision of Self
00:05:47

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

6
Now Is
00:06:31

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

7
Echoes
00:05:31

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

8
Running
00:04:11

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

9
The Fade
00:02:53

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

10
A Warning
00:04:04

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

11
Quiet Home
00:04:35

Rival Consoles, MainArtist - Ryan Lee West, Composer, Producer - Zino Mikorey, MasteringEngineer - Robert Murray Jamieson, Piano

2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd. 2022 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

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Is there an artist better at making synths weep? Many have searched for God through their modular synthesisers, but few have reached such heights or demonstrated such ease in handling their instrument. Signed exclusively to the Erased Tapes label ever since the beginning of his career, Ryan Lee West maintains his steady pace with his third album, Now is, following Articulation in 2020 and Overflow in 2021. With Now Is, Rival Consoles opens ‘a new chapter in an ongoing quest for refinement and evolution’ (very nicely put). After the dystopian Overflow, the English producer wanted to compose a more ‘colourful and euphoric’ album. As on every record, and perhaps even more so here, Rival Consoles comfortably tucks listeners into a box padded with cotton wool and takes them on a journey. You never really know where it starts or ends, but it doesn’t matter; it’s not the kind of music you want to intellectualise… You just want to lose yourself in the majestic synth loops, contemplative melodies, ultra-fuzzy techno beats and long, ambient tracks that will send shivers down your spine. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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