The incredibly talented London producer Rival Consoles is making his exciting debut for Ovation on 31st March, joined by the enterprising Scottish live act Makeness and new Purely Physical signing Yaws.
Rival Consoles is a venture that Londoner Ryan Lee West came up with as an outlet for his wide musical influences — foremost an electric guitarist, West spent most of his childhood listening to rock music then at university began experimenting with and producing sound. Now he is the mastery of synths, guitars and acoustic instruments and plays the synthesiser like no one else.
In his hands, synthesisers become human and organic, guitars turn pensive and ethereal, and his pieces evoke a warm, earthy electronica style, roughing up the glide gracefully — much like Scottish duo Boards of Canada.
Rival Consoles was one of the first signings back in 2007 to Nils Frahm’s revered label Erased Tapes. Now five EPs and three albums later, its evident that West has undoubtedly become of one Erased Tapes’ most skilful and consistent artist.
Performance wise, Rival Consoles shores up his reputation as a dextrous gleaner of mystery. Demonstrating his skills with self-programmed visuals in Max/MSP, this has earned him appearances at music festivals around the world including Mutek, Decibel, Big Ears and Berghain’s Pop-Kultur Festival. Moreover, there have been repeated performances at reputable venues such as the Tate Modern and having created a bespoke audio-visual performance for Boiler Room at the V&A Museum, the blueprint for West’s current live A/V show was formed. Expect Thursday 31st to be a kaleidoscopic A/V performance like no other.
And it’s not for nothing that Makeness is lined up alongside Rival Consoles. Described as a ‘more minimal Jon Hopkins’, and a ‘distorted Bon Iver’, the Scottish producer hinges on both those musicians’ sense for refined rhythmic and melodic elements. And yet, Makeness has a sparse, soulful style all of his own: his densely layered vocals and intricate percussive twitches entwine perfectly together like a mechanical clock.
Australian born, London based live act Yaws rounds out the line-up. As his upcoming Doubt EP demonstrates, Yaws’ take on noise-based dance music focuses on creating emotive textural builds that explore the space between down-tempo techno and oddball pop.
Ovation: Rival Consoles Live plays on Thursday 31st March, 20:00-23:59
Tickets available from Resident Advisor
The Pickle Factory, 13-14 The Oval, London E2 9DU