Rival Consoles + Kayla Painter + MATTHS
Thursday 7th October 2021
+ Special Guests
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £12+booking fee/£16 on the door
Melting Vinyl presents:
Rival Consoles + Kayla Painter + MATTHS
Melting Vinyl is delighted to invite Rival Consoles back to Brighton and the perfect setting of The Old Market in October.
Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles returns after a sold-out show at the Green Door Store, last year he announced details of his highly anticipated new album Articulation, released with Erased Tapes on 31 July 2020
Articulation, which follows 2018’s Persona, 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 away 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.
“I find electronic music is often battling to say something with integrity because technology and production can easily get in the way. I think the goal of a lot of electronic composers is to find a balance between the vision of the idea and the power of possibilities on the computer. With a pen and paper sketch, you can compose and rethink ideas without technology getting in the way, so for me, it acts as a very helpful tool to refresh the process.” — Ryan Lee West
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’. While the anthemic rise and fall of ‘Still Here’ and the beatless ambient meditation ‘Melodica’ evoke a certain nostalgia, ‘Forwardism’ achieves the very opposite by burying its melody within the fast-paced rhythm of its pulsating synths.
Rising out of birdsong heard from his studio window, ‘Sudden Awareness of Now’ 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, West explains; “I like the fact that if you say something over and over again in music, then over time it can become something else, something reflective.”
Since the release of Persona, Ryan Lee West has taken his captivating live A/V set to all corners of the world. Last seen live on stage with 17 players of the London Contemporary Orchestra for a sold-out orchestral performance at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in January 2020.
Meanwhile Lee West has kept busy. After contributing an exclusive track titled ‘Them Is Us’ to Adult Swim’s coveted Singles series, he recently shared the beautifully textured solo piano piece Winter’s Lament on this year’s Piano Day. He has also been in high demand as a composer, scoring Charlie Brooker’s much talked about Black Mirror episode Striking Vipers, composing original music for Secret Cinema presents Stranger Things as well as renowned choreographer Alexander’s Whitley’s groundbreaking new work Overflow which was set to premiere at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre this spring.
Praise for Rival Consoles:
“Album Of The Day” — BBC Radio 6 Music
“Ambient leaning, mind-expanding electronics” — DJ Magazine
“West has made a career out of evoking human emotions with digital sounds” — Pitchfork “Unequivocally Rival Consoles’ finest work to date” (8/10) — Loud & Quiet “Without doubt Rival Consoles’ best yet” (8/10) — Crack Magazine
“The strongest album of his career” — A Closer Listen
“Arguably Rival Consoles’ magnus opus, this is one of the Albums of the Year” — Electronic Sound
Kayla Painter is a composer, producer and sound design artist.
Painter’s immersive, ever-evolving AV performances, made in collaboration with visual artist Jason Baker, are a natural consequence of the entire writing process – the visuals figure into the earliest stages of her music; 2019 saw her playing at events such as The Great Escape, Camp Elsewhere, Bluedot, and the inaugural edition of Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here festival. She has also crafted remixes for a string of well-regarded acts and labels including W.H. Lung (Melodic Records), Teddy Hunter (Bubblewrap Records) and Scrimshire (Albert’s Favourites), as well as appearing on releases by the likes of Jilk (Project Mooncircle), among others.
Acclaimed Radiophonic Workshop collaborator and Brighton-based electronic producer MATTHS (Matthew Hodson) presents dark, brooding and extreme techno productions that boast brutality within the breadth of the production aesthetic. MATTHS has been busy presenting a series of new releases for 2021 which sees him release one new track every month, working by recording a single take using a bespoke modular synthesiser setup.
MATTHS (Matt Hodson) says: “this project is the result of designing a new bespoke instrument that had to be tactile, it had to feel like an instrument, and it had to provide a rich pallet sonic exploration. Each track will be a complete take, no edits, complete with its imperfections and human fingerprint where my hands have turned every dial, released every noted and sculpted every tone. This approach to releasing music is different to that of releasing a normal album and I hope that the monthly musical output will take you somewhere different each time, having its own fingerprint but still be recognisable as a MATTHS production. You may know what to expect, but you will never get the same.”