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Nelly Furtado Talks Spirituality, Nostalgia and Inspiration For New Album


After unveiling "Big Hoops" and "Something" (featuring Nas), Nelly Furtado is gearing up to release the title track of her highly-anticipated new album, entitled "The Spirit Indestructible," as her official next single. Furtado recently shot the video for the song in the mountains of Vancouver, British Columbia to add a distinct spiritual flavor to the visual presentation of the song. "[The song] is an ode to the spirit which resides in all of us and triumphs over anything," Nelly explains in a press release. "It is inspired by people I have met, and special moments in history that I have read about. Spirituality is one of the underlying themes on the album." 

In an interview with Swedish television this week, Furtado also spoke about nostalgia as one of the guiding themes of "The Spirit Indestructible." "Nostalgia is a big theme on the album," she explains. "I say that because the place I'm at right now in life, mentally and how I feel, is very much the same person who wrote recorded my first album."

She adds, "I feel really rejuvenated and this album is very much an expression of that. There are lot of songs where I'm back in a teenage mind and reflect on the road I've traveled, which is really the spirit of who you are now. This new album is all about light, new energy and positivity. It's fun. It's like a friendly punch in the face. It captures you, it's aggressive but at the same time it's uplifting. It's a fusion that I really like."

The Canadian pop singer refers to "Big Hoops" as one of the tracks on the album that celebrates her youth and the musicial inspiration she came from. She also talks about about the song "High Life" that examines the importance of valuing what really matters in life. "It's a fun song, but if you take a closer listen to 'High Life' you will find out that it's about quite a serious topic that is about the dream of success and the reality of it."

"Everybody goes through this. You have this dream as a kid and you think success is this pot of gold that you can sit and swim in at the end of a rainbow, but it's not like that," she confides. "Success is a journey. Everyday you have to live successfully in terms of your happiness and enjoyment of life. I'm learning this as I go. It's all a process ( . . .) The music industry is brutal and the glamorous moments are rare. I'm a working musician and I believe that if I focus on the music I will always walk the correct road." ("The Spirit Indestructible" is due September 18th on Interscope Records. Grab "Big Hoops" on iTunes now.)

June 28, 2012 | Permalink