Leicester electronic producer Ryan Lee West, better known as Rival Consoles, has been releasing music for well over a decade now, but with each release he only seems to grow more essential. This seems to be because he has grown as a producer, to the point where he can fully translate his emotions into his demanding electronic creations.

His newly announced album tackles this directly; it's named Persona (after the Ingmar Bergman film of the same name), and aims to explore the inconsistencies between how we see ourselves and how others see us. This is a pretty involved theme to tackle, especially in wordless electronic music, but West explains it by saying:

“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.”

The first taste of this translation of unknown emotions is 'Unfolding', the opening track from Persona, which presents itself as a fairly straightforward techno track, but has plenty of complex shades, shapes and hues lurking within it. Listen below.

Rival Consoles will release Persona through Erased Tapes on April 13th - it can be pre-ordered here. He will also be performing live at XOYO the night before to celebrate the album's release - tickets here.