New Sounds: Nico Rivers stirs the songwriters pot in the emphatic ‘Tidal Wave’


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Blurring the lines between indie rock and folk, Boston singer/songwriter Nico Rivers exudes a raw passion through his music. Along with being behind the popular Live From Nowhere music video series, he also has a poetic knack for putting his heart into song. His electric guitar serves as the base while incorporating numerous other elements, from psychedelic to lo-fi. Off of his upcoming debut Tiny Death, today (May 31) Rivers releases his new single “Tidal Wave” along with b-sides “Backroads” and “All The Same.”

Listen to all three below.

“Last summer, I rented a log house in Plymouth, and turned it into the recording studio for my first full-length release, Tiny Death,” Rivers tells Vanyaland. “Over that week, my band and I ate, relaxed, and slept in that house, surrounded by gear and a little bit of rustic New England magic. There was even a cranberry bog out the back door. It was the most free and true production experience I have had in my career and I feel like that honesty has really come through on the record.”

The feeling of freedom comes through on “Tidal Wave,” which embarks on a sonic voyage into an emphatic chorus. Beyond the single, “Backroads” finds Rivers a bit more stripped-down with more of a folk vibe, while “All The Same,” anchored in subtle rhythms and slight progressions, is a prime example of Rivers’ poetic lyrics that stick with the listener. The backing vocals in each track, courtesy of Emily Graham-Handley, meld well with Rivers’ voice for a dose of harmony.

Rivers and his backing band The Black Grass will celebrating the release of the single tonight at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge with folk brethren Box Of Birds and acoustic duo Gentle Temper. Flyer details after the jump.

Nico Rivers Flyer