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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.