Reva DeVito’s Debut Album Has Been Almost 10 Years in the Making. She Wants to Make Sure it Was Worth the Wait.
A few years after DeVito moved to Portland proper from Vancouver, Wash., in 2007, it seemed her career was destined to blow up. She has a rich, delicate voice and has long been obsessed with R&B. Her friends at the time were mostly electronic musicians, though, so she started singing over simple, infectious beats with glossy production. DeVito’s sound arose mostly out of happenstance, but it coincided with the rise of producers like Disclosure, and the sweeping demand post-dubstep for electro R&B intended to soundtrack euphoric, sweaty dancing.