Last month, Danish pop star Tim Schou took us to an Altar in a Russian sauna. The travelogue continues with his latest offering. “Nirvana” — Schou’s first single with BMG worldwide and Iceberg management — gives us a closer insight into his travel adventures.

Filmed as a series of postcards and videologues from Tim’s travels all over the world, “Nirvana” is about physical and emotional escapism. The radio-friendly track opens with a narrator asking: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?” Then, we are treated to a collage of exciting still and moving images from Tim’s journeys across Europe, Africa and The Americas.

Speaking exclusively with wiwibloggs, Tim explains:

Actually, the lyrics for Nirvana are the fastest I’ve ever written. I collaborated with Mike Green, a Los Angeles based producer that has worked with bands like The Wanted and Paramore on this track. I had a feeling it was gonna be something different. I went to his studio with an open mind. He played me a ton of  samples and I played him a selection of my demos. 

Nothing really got me until he played this arpeggio synth theme. So insanely old-school in a 90’s kinda way. It was so intense that it got me immediately inspired. Mike started building the track with some references, while I started popping out melodies and lyrics. 

The vibe got me thinking about my childhood memories, my friends, parties, love, the universe and all sorts. My writing began to flow. Ten minutes later I had a bunch of fresh lyrics.  Mike hit play and I actually started talking my lyrics over the arpeggio synth. We started finding some rhymes in the text and put a melody to my talking. Four hours later, the whole production was done. Because the song and lyrics were written so fast, and because I never actually went back to change anything, the song is very open to interpretation and up to the individual listener to make personal sense of it all. It’s like looking at an abstract painting and decide for yourself what you see. 

 

NIRVANA LYRICS

Back to my friends running naked through the sprinklers

Back when we were all just brothers and sisters

Back to the street where I first met you

when momma didn’t cry over my tattoos

Back out there behind the vines

I told you show me yours I show you mine

Those days are gone now I know it’s true

I’m just reminiscing on blue avenue

Imagine what a great escape

To go oh so far away

Nobody will know when we elope at night

So come with me now for a magic ride

Close your eyes

And see the light

God I love this

Magic ride

This is Nirvana

This is Nirvana

This is Nirvana

Treasure hunts on my birthday

You me the sun on a free way

My hands way down the cookie jar now

Hold up yea it won’t be long now

Meet me under the Sycamore tree

Come let’s fly far far away

I’m a broken boy

With a broken toy

But you’re so sweet like Almond joy

Imagine what a great escape

To go oh so far away

Nobody will know when we elope at night

So come with me now for a magic ride

Close your eyes

And see the light

God I love this

Magic ride

This is Nirvana

This is Nirvana

This is Nirvana

I’m all grown up now

Higher stakes

But it won’t be long now

Dips on the birthday cake

Close your eyes

And see the light

God I love this

Magic ride

This is Nirvana

This is Nirvana

This is Nirvana

What message do you draw from “Nirvana”? Do you like the postcard feel of his new video? 

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I LOVE IT.
10/10

alex
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These are UK selection level lyrics, Jesus. Better lyrics please. The fact it only took FOUR hours to write says alot.