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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Seeing Sounds with NERD

seeing sounds NERD album cover Pharrell Williams, rapper and producer from the Neptunes, has produced for just about any radio or hip hop act you can imagine from Britney Spears to Bustah Rhymes to Lupe Fiasco and Jay-Z. Skateboard's P the certified hitmaker behind the smash "Drop it Like its Hot", Ludacris' "Moneymaker" and many many more recognizable tracks. On top of all that he's front man for the always imaginative and experimental alt-rock/hip-hop group known as N.E.R.D. Included with Pharrell in the group is Chad Hugo, also of Neptunes fame. The group's name is an acronym for "No One Ever Really Dies". N.E.R.D. currently is on tour with Kanye West for the "Glow in the Dark" tour, and is preparing for their next album, Seeing Sounds, set to release later this year, possibly October.

According to the group's official website:

N.E.R.D lies – in the time-warp, where boundaries and borders and linearity succumb to the openness of truth. Because in life, there are two paths to choose from but only one direction to go in – and you can either Fly or Die.

Previous hits from the group have been Lapdance, Rock Star and She Wants to Move. As for their latest project, the first single is already out called "Everyone Nose (All the girls standing in line for the Bathroom)". The site TheClones has stated the album will drop in October and provides the following tracklist.

Seeing Sounds Tracklist:

    1. Intro
    2. Everyone Nose
    3. Spaz
    4. Time For Some Action
    5. Kill Joy
    6. Anti Matter
    7. Happy
    8. Sooner or Later
    9. Windows
    10. Yeah You
    11. You Know What
    12. I Can't Get It Out My Head
    13. Someday I'll Laugh About It
    14. Laser Gun Carrying
    15. Love Bomb

As for subject, the title "Seeing Sounds" refers to the "reference to a neurological phenomenon called Synesthesia, where senses cross so a tone correlates to, say, a color". There's even a discussion of what that means exactly at Wikipedia. To sum it up, it's all about "seeing the music". According to Hollywood Insider at, Pharrell wrapped up work on an album with Madonna then got down to work on the NERD project, as he was "just waiting for the right sounds". Hopefully the sounds will be just right and fans will be seeing them soon.

Seeing Sounds is available for pre-order at

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