"Blurring the lines between indie rock and folk, Boston singer/songwriter Nico Rivers exudes a raw passion through his music."
- Rob Duguay - Vanyaland (2017)
"Nico and crew manage to span a host of landscapes through their exploration of differing sounds and emotions."
- Brian Carroll - Red Line Roots (2017)
“Nico's performance is electrifying - with songs & lyrics that are so honest that every performance feels intimate.”
- Conor Loughman -The Brain Trust (2015)
"Truly addictive and artistic." - Bryon William - Indie Spoonful (2017)
Like most creations, lots of experimentation is required to achieve the artist’s desired effect. A messy easel beside a beautiful canvas. Hundreds of intertwined cables strewn around the Record button and a bubbling test tube splashing about on a laboratory floor. A true master hides the mess so all the attention is focused on the end result. A beautiful painting, a keen melody or a perfectly crafted concoction. This is Nico Rivers. Where many artists fail to hide the strife of their experimentation, Nico does a master’s job of cleaning up the mess, leading his listeners on an effortless journey of endless explorations.
Born and raised in Marshfield, a small ocean side town in Massachusetts, Nico’s experiments have taken him across the country and world into labs of all shapes and sizes. A true multifaceted musical artist, Nico draws influence from artists as diverse as he his. Artists such as Neil Young, Radiohead and Bright Eyes.
Nico’s first release, 2013’s “To The Bone” finds Nico firmly establishing his foundation as an eclectic songwriter. With a background in Audio Engineering, “To The Bone” is a collection of eight pristinely recorded songs done in a stripped down format. It is in this format that you can hear the uniqueness of Nico’s writing abilities, leaving plenty of space for stylistic interpretation that Nico would eventually begin to experiment with. His writing leaves room for the intensity of metal, for the beauty of folk, for the technicality of prog and for all things in between.
An experiment boiled down to one finely crafted singer/songwriter.
Nico’s most recent release, “Tiny Death,” finds the addition of band members The Black Grass. A challenging release filled with a Pandora's box of influence and tone, Nico demonstrates that he is at the top of his game. An experiment with so many different elements can be messy; Nico has cleaned up every drop. The listener, allowed to focus on one thing, the beautiful and intriguing music which is in front of them.
Perhaps the biggest challenge of any artist is not to master the art, but to master themselves.
This is Nico Rivers.