2016 has been a great year for pop queens, with Beyoncé, Rihanna and Britney Spears ruling the charts and Lady Gaga's grand comeback. The latest starlet to return is Nelly Furtado, who just shared a new track and details of her forthcoming album.
Titled "Islands of Me," it's a shimmering dream-pop record that will have you craving these last bits of the juicy summer. But the song's bright production is anchored by Nelly's introspective lyrics that make a statement: "Is this the meaning of bein' free? The only one of us living is me / Is this our one true destiny?" Stream it below:
The song comes after her musical "appetizer" that was July's "Behind Your Back," which won't appear on the album. Along with "Islands of Me," Nelly spoke with i-D about what we can expect from The Ride—her follow-up to 2012's The Spirit Indestructible. Referring to the album's sound as "modern pop-alternative," she says:
"It's interesting, the influences on the new record—the album is called The Ride. I made it in Dallas, Texas, and Dallas, Texas has a sound. So these guys I played with tonight, they're from Dallas. And a lot of people grew up playing in the church, playing gospel music, and there's a certain swagger to the way they play. John Congleton produced the entire record. He's got an incredible resumé. I met him through Annie Clark of St. Vincent. He produced all four of her albums. Annie introduced us, we really got along, and I just kind of cold-turkey flew to Dallas. Together we wrote this song called 'Flatlines' that's on my album."
The singer also reveals she looks at collaborator Dev Hynes as almost a mentor (she appears on his Freetown Sound album and they recorded the Hadron Collider cassette together) and that she many have tracks in the works with Kaytranada and Hodgy from Odd Future.
Look out for The Ride later this year, and watch Nelly Furtado talk about The Spirit Indestructible album in this throwback Fuse interview below: