Over the past decade, Ryan Lee West (aka Rival Consoles) has been crafting a brand of instrumental electronic music that has come off earnest, affecting and downright human. And with his latest LP, Persona, the Leicester, UK musician has found further inspiration from a very particular celluloid muse.
Upon seeing a scene from the 1966 Ingmar Bergman film of the same name (in which a child is reaching out towards a woman's face), West based his fourth album around the specific feeling the flick's opening images invoked. With titles such ….
On Persona, this sound has once again taken a step forward in craft. Though the direction of the music hasn't changed substantially, Ryan Lee West's 4th album as Rival Consoles is subtler and more intricate than past work. As a veteran member of Erased Tapes, his music has transformed from IDM-rooted electronic music to something totally ownable, previously culminating in 2015's Howl, and 2016's Night Melody, both of which cemented Rival Consoles ' reputation as a caretaker of some of the most interesting electronic music.