Leading in the next chapter of his creative career comes Sydney/Gadigal Land producer Nick Ward, who this week shared his heartfelt new single PRINCESS.
Coming off the back of a string of single releases and a debut EP earlier this year, Nick Ward is yet to take a break and is already preparing us for his next big step by sharing one of his best yet. PRINCESS takes a nose dive into Nick's inner thoughts of identity and his relationship to his partner, who he also collaborated with on the track's music video.
Nick writes about the complexities of the different hats one might wear in a relationship, and how that can also be a self-reflective exercise. But his latest offering comes as a statement of coming to terms with yourself and who you are. Wrap that idea in a 1975-esque (the band not the year) dream-pop background with soaring moments that burst with raw emotion and you've got yourself a hit.
Speaking on the themes behind PRINCESS, Nick Ward said "I've spent the majority of my life questioning my identity and gender, and this song feels like such a concrete statement. It's me finally coming to terms with all the infinite aspects of my identity and gender, in order to be this devoted, malleable thing for someone else. Growing up around Australian masculinity and patriarchal values, I've often felt so self conscious about how I don't fit in – PRINCESS is me embracing the beauty and power of being your own type of man..."
(Heads up, the music video below contains flashing lights and colours that could be triggering for anyone with visual sensitivities. Check out this link to hear the audio on Soundcloud).
It's not the first time Nick has had a hand in making his own music video, given his background in filmmaking that he developed alongside his music. The two talents come together beautifully for his music videos, and the lockdown-made clip for PRINCESS looks amazing and sells the song perfectly.
This song hits home so well, particularly in the second half where you get those aforementioned soaring moments of strings and backing choir-like vocals. it makes for a grand return after his previous release Everything I Wish I Told You, telling us that Nick Ward has got some tricks up his sleeve that we should be watching out for.