Nelly Furtado has debuted the title track from her new album, The Spirit Indestructible, via an official lyric video that carries special meaning to the singer-songwriter.
“I decided to feature my friend Spencer West in it. Spencer has just finished an incredible climb up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and financial support for clean water projects in Africa,” Furtado says in a note posted with the video. “Spencer is a true hero who knows how to ‘redefine his possible’ every day. I wrote this song in tribute to humanity, as I believe we are all capable of triumphing over whatever obstacle life brings. The spirit indestructible is in all of us. People like Spencer have proven this to me.”
Upon seeing how Furtado had combined footage from his recent climb with her song, West said, “‘Spirit Indestructible’ is amazing and has such a powerful message. I am extremely humbled to be featured along side of such a inspirational song. The clips that were chosen for the lyrics are awesome and although it’s only been a few weeks, seeing them brought back so many memories from our climb!”
Song-wise, “The Spirit Indestructible” is surprisingly weak. Produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, the track is oddly structured, running through at least three musical ideas in the course of four minutes (including a bridge that seems to arrive too early). Furtado’s previous team-up with Jerkins, the delightful “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better),” didn’t exactly sound like anything else out now, but there was a freshness to the adventure, where “The Spirit Indestructible” comes off as unfocused and could have benefited from a bit more tinkering.
Still, even if Furtado’s latest single lacks a certain strength, Spencer West’s fortitude is indeed inspiring:
Look for “The Spirit Indestructible” single later this month, while Furtado’s album, her fifth, is set for release on September 18.