Riva creates modernist pop infused with the bruised soul of London Grammar, Jessie Ware and Sam Smith, as well as the poise and ambition of Kate Bush and Florence Welch. It’s a striking hybrid that shines through her new track ‘My Mouth’.
Produced by Jonathan Quarmby, (James Arthur, Lewis Capaldi and Benjamin Clementine) ‘My Mouth’ reinvents the power ballad tradition for 2018. Theatrical and dramatic, it’s a song that pushes Riva Taylor’s superstar vocal quality to the fore as she demonstrates as astute command of nuance and emotion.
“For me, it is a statement track,” she says. “It’s about people not talking and I think we’re all guilty of getting caught up in that, in relationships, at work, wherever. It says something powerful without over-talking or over-shouting it.”
After leaving university, she came to the attention of Hans Zimmer’s team which resulted in her being invited to contribute vocals to a new version of the theme to the huge Ubisoft video game ‘Assassin's Creed’ - a project which culminated in a high profile performance at the BAFTAs.
Directing her career entirely on own her terms, Riva Taylor is set to step into the spotlight. With soul and something to say, Riva Taylor’s vision has put her on the cusp of a bright new future.
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