Australian rapper and songwriter, Tuka – one third of acclaimed hip hop heroes Thundamentals – has just revealed the video for ‘Nirvana’ the first single to be taken from his forthcoming solo album ‘Life Death Time Eternal’, due for release mid 2015.
“I’m a big fan of David Lynch so when OH YEAH WOW sent through the treatment for the video I was immediately drawn to it. For me, the clip reflects one of the lyrics in the song really well. “You can make up what you take up from it”. It’s a very inactive clip in a lot of respects, so in that sense I’d love if people came up with their own interpretation of what it actually means. That being said it might help to keep in mind what the meaning of the word “Nirvana” is while you view it, then sit back and observe it for what it actually is”
Having had a hugely successful 2014 as a member of Thundamentals, whose album ‘So We Can Remember’ debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart and it was the only album from 2014 to be nominated for an ARIA Award, AIR Award, J Award, FBi SMAC Award and The Australian Music Prize, Tuka took sone time out to record his own solo album. The soundscape for ‘Life Death Time Eternal’ in a nutshell is ‘Happy vs Sad’ – Tuka went to a lot of effort in ensuring the emotional energy of the album was in perfect harmonious balance.
Tuka’s solo body of work includes his debut LP ‘Will Rap For Tuka’ (2010) and the follow up LP ‘Feedback Loop’ (2011) which debuted at #4 on the AIR 100% Independent Album Charts and peaked at #2 on the iTunes Hip Hop / Rap Charts.
“In terms of song writing it is a bit left of centre compared with the rest of the album but I felt the record needed some key moments of refection/point of difference and “Nirvana” helped me create that. The tittle of the album is “Life Death Time Eternal” so as you can imagine there is a lot to discuss, Nirvana helps balence the more dense elements of the record while still retaining the overall feel of what the album is about and how it sounds. I dare say some people may think I’ve writtin a folk/rap album after I put this out, but as things unfold I hope people start to expect the unexpected. Nirvana is quirky introduction to a very broad and genre blending album.”
“The visual concept for ‘Nirvana’ came from the idea of a music video that shifts fluidly between point of views, exploring a performance from the camera’s perspective and then stepping out of that framework and seeing it from another. Thematically, the piece delves into that ‘Nirvana’-esque moment one experiences on the brink of sleep in front of late night television. The feelings of ‘out of body’ detachment and the sense of reality peeling away are elements we layered throughout to subtly disorient the viewer and have them question what is happening on screen. ” – Director Josh Thomas (OH YEAH WOW)
‘Nirvana’ was produced by Tuka and legendary Melbourne based producer Countbounce (Dan Sultan, 360, PEZ, TZU, Urthboy) and written by Tuka in conjunction with upcoming songwriter Alex Hope who also shares co-producing credits on the track.