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In 2012, Canadian singer Nelly Furtado dropped her fifth studio album The Spirit Indestructible, which included the largely underrated singles “Parking Lot” and “Hoops (The Bigger The Better).”
Now Furtado is looking to hit the charts again, this time making a bigger splash with her upcoming record The Ride. This past July, Furtado riled up fans with the release of what she called a ‘palette cleanse…an appetizer,’ with the song “Behind Your Back.”
The track isn’t scheduled to appear on The Ride, but did succeed in getting fans excited for the return of Nelly. “Behind Your Back” doesn’t sound like anything on the radio right now and that’s exactly why we can’t wait for the full album. What has always made Furtado’s music so special is that it can stand on its own in a market saturated with pop clones and tracks that could be sung by any (insert one-hit-wonder artist here) performer.
Furtado has been quietly working in the studio throughout 2016, uploading a cover of Calvin Harris’ “Feel So Close” earlier this summer in June and appearing on Dev Hynes’ new album Freetown Sound.
Making its debut at New York Fashion Week, we now have the official first single from Furtado’s upcoming album. Set to be released March 2017, The Ride’s first official single is the edgy electro pop mash-up “Islands of Me.”
Furtado wrote “Islands Of Me” and 16 other tracks with producer John Congleton. The two met through Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), with Congleton producing all four of Clark’s records. As of now, The Ride will only contain 12 new songs, but we can always hope for Furtado to follow in the footsteps of fellow West coaster Carly Rae Jepsen and drop The Ride B Sides.