Inspired, as the artist describes it, by “capturing small performances on synths, touring with some of my musical heroes, playing with feedback when I should have been catching a train, sampling my voice in unexpected conditions and recording textures in different countries,” Howl offers 9 tracks that show off the Londoner’s inherent musicality and eclectic ear.
Rival Consoles was in fact the inspiration behind Robert Raths‘ founding of Erased Tapes, sending a CDR of demos under the alias Aparatec that earned him the first spot on the label’s roster. His use of self-recorded, acoustic instruments and a general organic aesthetic has become the defining sound of the Rival Consoles name. The producer says this style gives Howl a “more personal feeling,” which stands out in an era when samples are so readily available to anyone.
“I try to create atmosphere and mood throughout with a less-is-more approach to composition,” he continues. “I’m always trying to find an exciting reaction from a few ingredients, because that is magic to me. To make something interesting with tons of layers of effects just doesn’t excite me. But to make something interesting with just three layers requires a special alignment of sounds, ideas and timing.”
To coincide with the release of Howl, Rival Consoles is set to headline shows in the UK throughout October, followed by North American and European mainland dates later in the year. In the meantime, check out the title-track below, and for more from the producer head to his Website, or check out the Erased Tapes Store to pre-order.