Electropop Single Review: Someone Else's Arms, RIVITA
- Someone Else's Arms by Rivita on Spotify
Someone Else's Arms, an album by Rivita on Spotify
The first element of RIVITA's new single Someone Else’s Arms that pops out has to be her clear, strong voice. There’s a distinctive quality to her intonation and delivery. She certainly isn’t trying to emulate other singers, but to express her own individuality. There’s also an emotional weight to her voice that makes me feel she’s really asserting her own personality through what she’s singing. It’s always refreshing to hear people who don’t want to be another generic pop vocalist, but want to showcase their unique sound.
Musically speaking, the sounds weaving in behind the words produce a rather warm, open sensation. There are some synth chords that open the track and once the percussion kicks in, things start to propel themselves forward. I particularly enjoyed the guitar work here. It’s subtle but supports Rivita’s voice nicely and has enough character that it doesn’t get lost in the song.
Singing her own words likely has something to do with that emotionally affecting delivery. The lyrics clearly convey the conflicting feelings and emotional turmoil that comes from being in love with someone who doesn’t return that love. Rivita is able to bring that conflict to life in the lyrics and then imbue them with all of the potential meaning they might have.
The production quality is good as well. Nothing is too muddy and neither the backing track nor the vocals overwhelm. Everything falls neatly into place and produces a cohesive sound that doesn’t distract from the emotional content of the album.
As a whole, Someone Else’s Arms is a single that makes me want to hear more from Rivita. I hope that she takes the time to really showcase her voice and her songwriting in future work. It’s always nice to hear someone who emphasizes their own unique qualities, rather than seeking a more generic path.