It’s certainly not a pairing you’d necessarily have expected, but now that it’s occurred, Rival Consoles and Sarah Neufeld feel meant for each other. Having released Detritus last year, Neufeld returns, having enlisted Consoles to remix “The Top”.
The result is something between ambient and trance, an intoxicating venture into the unknown.
Speaking on the remix, Neufeld shares, “I’m a big fan of Rival Consoles’ music, so was thrilled when he agreed to remix The Top. He’s created a piece within a piece from his unique sensibility and sonic world. I can listen to this remix over and over again, entranced.”
For his part, Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles shares, “I really loved the irregular phrasing of Sarah’s piece, so much that I wanted to try and simply recreate her violin parts almost exactly with a synthesiser and to then expand from this starting point. I think the slightly machine-like syncopation to the violin sections translated amazingly well into the electronic world, and in such a natural way, which is not easy to achieve without something being lost, so this inspired me to build around this foundation with various recycled versions of the strings and voice. The piece takes on a different structure and journey but one that is constantly referencing the identity of the original.”