The new album from Rival Consoles is a bit of a mixed bag, but Visions of Self is undeniably great. I like the less polished-sounding tracks a lot more than the “epic” “bangers”; sometimes it’s as if he’s trying just a lit bit too hard to pull on the heartstrings, but this is nicely subdued. Must try less hard!
I’ve realised that pretty much every track I’ve posted this year has been quite intense and possibly a little on the miserable side, so here’s a light and breezy number to make you think you’re sipping mojitos on a beach. I’m not quite sure how it took three producers to make this, and what they each contributed, but it is quite nice.
Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles has just announced details of his new album, the follow-up to 2018’s very well regarded Persona. Articulation is the lead single, and is probably the track I’ve enjoyed most of his to date, with West intertwining some beautiful melodies and evoking a sense of both space and restraint, while also sounding like it would punch pretty hard in the right setting.