Rivera is the new musical project from songwriter and musician Inti Rowland. Born in Chile and raised in London, the music of Rivera has been built between two cities. His songs are soaked in the sunshine of Santiago and coloured by the chaos of London. Following the release of his captivating debut single We’re Alive, he has now shared a brand new video to accompany the track.
The single tackles the delicate subject of a car crash on a reckless night. Inti explains “When your confidence runs away from you and you think you’re invincible. The song is about surviving what you bring upon yourself.” As the single builds, Rowland’s rich, warm vocal mesmerises instantly, fluctuating from a stunning falsetto to a deep, baritone akin to Elbow‘s Guy Garvey. Musically, We’re Alive combines soaring guitars with subtle electronics and driving percussion to create something dark and full of intrigue.
Working with a group of musical collaborators and long standing friends, including Sam Rowe (drums, backing vocals) and Jackson Dimiglio-Wood (producer), throughout 2016, Rivera was born. With the tail end of the year spent in South America, Inti travelled across the Atacama Desert from the north of Chile into Bolivia, the landscapes became the artwork and visuals of Rivera.
As a solo artist, Inti Rowland has received praise from a number of publications including Clash and Gold Flake Paint as well as plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6Music to name but a few. Now, under a new moniker, Rivera is ready to hypnotise further listeners with the release of his debut single.
We’re Alive is out now and available to stream via Spotify and iTunes . You can find Rivera on Facebook and Twitter using the hastag #riveralovesyou.