With a career spanning two decades, five studio albums, over 16+ million records sold world-wide, and a plethora of accolades, Nelly Furtado is a proven chart-topping luminary.
Furtado is now readying her sixth studio album, The Ride, due out March 31 2017 via her imprint, Nelstar Entertainment, through 10th St. Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group. See the full track listing below.
For The Ride, including “Pipe Dreams,” Furtado teamed up with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, Blondie, Erykah Badu, Franz Ferdinand, etc.).
The Ride serves as a culmination of Furtado’s journey, living life through experiences that oftentimes felt like a carnival ride you get on and sometimes have to get off.
“I let experience be the most important thing,” Furtado explains. Experiences birthed several songs which found their way onto the new album. There’s the pensive “Pipe Dreams,” which was written on a water walk in Kenya, where Furtado learned how Kenyan women find water for their villages.
A trip to Chile to visit her best friend also proved to be fortuitous, as Furtado penned “Magic” while sipping on wine in Santiago and reflecting on unrequited love.
The true glue of The Ride is songwriter and producer John Congleton of the band The Paper Chase. The two met through Annie Clark of St. Vincent and had a musical chemistry from the moment Nelly entered his Dallas studio. Together they formulated the heart of the album, including the emotional “Flatline,” “Cold Hard Truth,” “Paris Sun,” and the apropos “Carnival Games.” “It’s kind of like the oh fuck moment,” she says of the latter track. “You’re kind of at a carnival and it looks fun, but fundamentally what is actually going on?” Working with John allowed Nelly to experiment with new sounds and arrangements, leaning on Congleton’s punk beginnings.
THE RIDE TRACK LISTING
1 Cold Hard Truth
3 Carnival Games
5 Paris Sun
6 Sticks and Stones
8 Pipe Dreams
10 Tap Dancing
11 Right Road