The best thing about Nelly Furtado is that you never know what she'll do next. After the youthful exuberance of "Whoa Nelly!," the world beats of "Folklore" and the hit-savvy dance pop of "Loose," the Canadian songstress knows exactly how to keep her fans on the edge of their seats with her genre-mashing musical adventures. In fact, her all-inclusive point of view and her urge to take creative risks are exactly the ingredients that drive Nelly Furtado as an artist and have become her trademark.
This summer will mark the long-awaited return of Nelly Furtado when she will release her fourth English-language album, the mysteriously titled "T.S.I." Furtado has been posting brief behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube in which she talks in depth about "T.S.I," her artistic journey and the people she worked with on the album. The videos shows scenes of Furtado working with main producers Rodney Jerkins and Salaam Remi, and also features Interscope founder and president Jimmy Iovine who stops by the studio to see how Furtado's project is progressing.
This new Furtado album is shaping up to be an incredibly eclectic compilation of songs that pulls together the diversity of her previous three albums into one potent new effort. Her long list of collaborators that come from all over the musical spectrum are proof of that. The singer worked with people ranging from dance superstar Tiesto to Jamaican reggae producer Genius, and from rapper Nas to Portugese world music icon Sara Tavares.
But the list of collaborators goes on. She also worked Fraser T Smith (who produced Adele, Keane and Claire Macguire among many others) and dueted with Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit. "He is their lead vocalist, but he's also a great songwriter," Furtado tells Canadian music site BestFan. "We got together and wrote this really incredible song that is really special. It has all their classic sounds like old analog keyboards."
Furtado also talks affectionately about her partnership with Tiesto. "Tiesto is a close friend of mine," she explains. "His life shows are incredible. I watched one of his shows once on the side of the stage and I cried, and I've never cried during an electronic music concert before. I really value my creative relationships with people so when I have a personal relationship with people it just makes so much more special."
Furtado sums up the sound of "T.S.I" as "raw." "You're really going to see a kick-ass side of me. You're going to see my essence," she says. "You're just going to feel the strength within me. Every song means something special to me."