Rival Consoles - Persona
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #6 / 211
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2018 Ratings: #16
April 13, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Erased Tapes / Label
Microhouse, IDM / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

A challenge that Rival Consoles' Ryan Lee West takes up with gusto and earnestness. Persona is a gloriously potent success story, and a testament to his talent that he's managed to make one of the warmest and most reflective albums of the year so far, electronic or otherwise.

100
A.V. Club

Persona is uneasy listening, with heavier rhythms and more fragmented melodies than West deployed on previous works like Howl and Night Melody, yet it’s equally engrossing. It leaves a deep psychic impression—a truly “arthouse” album that begs repeated revisiting, to explore its many conflicting faces.

90
PopMatters
With a mix of analogue synths, warped acoustic instruments and an unmatched passion for effects pedals, West has produced easily one of the most vivid and soul-stirring electronic albums of the year.
80
Exclaim!

Rival Consoles certainly holds a blueprint to the dreamworld contained within Persona.

80
Loud and Quiet

This is West at both his most majestic and his most miscellaneous. Here, he’s constantly toying at the surface, plumbing depths, propelling tracks forward with a craftsman’s touch.

76
Paste

For his latest album Persona, West nuzzles deeper into these soft, billowy ideas while slowly, happily pulling on a stray thread in his work that is helping to unwind his aesthetic.

75
The Line of Best Fit

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.

70
AllMusic

The album edges Rival Consoles a little bit closer to some of West's Erased Tapes labelmates, but he hasn't gone fully neo-classical yet. Instead, Persona is another exquisite album of immaculately produced techno which strikingly examines abstract emotions.

Apr 17, 2018*
aaron
85
The future is electronic and it albums such as Persona that will be revisited by future generations trying to grasp whom influenced their favorite artists.

This album has a subjectively awful start, that nearly lead to me not giving this album a proper listen, but once Memory Arc in all its lo-fi glory caught up to my soul, I realized that oh shit, I was in for a brillant IDM album.

My love for IDM is evergrowing, it truly is intelligent and challenging and rewarding, and the layers of this ... read more
Apr 15, 2018
JustinSlick
86
Resident Advisor seems to hate Rival Consoles... I'm really curious to see if they finally come around. He has definitely kept up the progression. I actually think I like it better than Nils' latest. As noted by AllNeed75, we really are lucky to have Erased tapes.
Apr 15, 2018*
96
We are so lucky to have Erased Tapes.
Apr 19, 2018
95
Bang!
Apr 16, 2018
Hypnoglitz
80
Glad this came along. Been some time since I've had my electronic fix.
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Track List
  1. Unfolding
  2. Persona
  3. Memory Arc
  4. Phantom Grip
  5. Be Kind
  6. I Think So
  7. Sun's Abandon
  8. Dreamer's Wake
  9. Untravel
  10. Rest
  11. Hidden
  12. Fragment
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, CoL1, patton, m6martino


Added on: April 3, 2018