Riva Taylor’s debut track ‘My Mouth’ represented a fiery statement of intent infused with a powerhouse vocal performance. It was a cocktail of genre-pushing pop that blended the fractured emotion of LondonGrammar with the forward-thinking ambition of Florence and KateBush.
Now Riva strides confidently forward with an even bigger moment in the shape of her follow-up single ‘Chaos Killed The Thrill’, produced by Tim Bran (London Grammar, Birdy, Rae Morris). It’s a tender evocation of conflicting emotions: the combination of the loss of a fading relationship together with the optimism of a bright new beginning.
Throughout the song, Riva exudes the confidence to use her full vocal strength sparing. She allows the tenderness of the lyric to shine through, leaving the full power of her soaring gift to be deployed for maximum dramatic intensity.
Riva wrote ‘Chaos Killed The Thrill’ in Berlin soon after an intense break-up which saw her pack up her belongings and walk out, with her favourite vase symbolically smashing in the process.
“The shattered vase offered a real metaphor for the state of the relationship,” she reflects. “It was so splintered by chaos and baggage, that there was one way it could end – by smashing! ‘Chaos Killed The Thrill’ is a hopeful song about coming to terms with a break-up and mending a fragmented heart. Sometimes you have to tear something apart and rebuild yourself to find a true meaning.”
The lyrics also reflect Riva’s love of RupiKaur’s poem which begins with “I do not want to have you / To fill the empty parts of me” which features in a collection called ‘Milk and Honey’ and often inspires Riva when she writes.
Musically, Riva started with the hypnotic drum loop which represents the monotony of the relationship. The verses then emerged unusually before the chorus did, which helped to show what the situation was really like.
Directing her career entirely on own her terms, Riva Taylor is set to step into the spotlight. With soul and something to say, her vision has put her on the cusp of a bright new future.