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Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles presents his expressive new album
'Persona', set for release on 13th April 2018 via Erased Tapes.

The title 'Persona' was inspired by Ingmar Bergman's film of the same
name, specifically a shot in the opening credits of a child reaching out to
touch a woman's face on a screen, which is shifting between one face and
another. This powerful image struck Ryan and it inspired the album's main
theme — an exploration of the persona, the difference between how we see
ourselves and how others see us, the spaces in between; between states, people,
light and dark, the inner persona and the outer persona.

“My music is generally inward looking. I like finding something about the
self within music, that doesn't have to be specific but maybe asks something or
reveals something. This record is a continuation on the self through electronic
sounds. Like Legowelt once said 'a synthesiser is like a translator for
unknown emotions', which I think sums up what I am trying to do. I think
all these emotions we have make up our persona. So in a way by finding new ones
you alter or expand your persona. And that is what I want my music to try to
do. I deliberately aimed to be more sonically diverse with this record.
I wanted to experiment more. I wanted to create new sounds and new
emotions.” — Rival Consoles

Recorded at his studio in south-east London, 'Persona' benefits from
Ryan's exploration of a dynamic production process that combines
analogue-heavy synthesisers, acoustic and electric instruments with a
shoegaze-level obsession with effect pedals. A greater

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