The first single from the upcoming Nightwish album has been revealed. Titled Élan, Tuomas has said that his favourite poet Walt Whitman is once again behind the inspiration for this track. The word itself is French and roughly translates to having enthusiasm for life.
“Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave
To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.”
- Walt Whitman
"This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt was the starting point for writing 'Élan'. The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. It´s important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by. 'Élan' is a wonderful teaser for the full-length album, giving out a little taste, but revealing very little of the actual Journey of Grandeur to come…”
Élan will be released on February 13th 2015 and is already available for pre-order from Mad Supply. It comes in several different versions including CD and different coloured vinyls. There are also matching t-shirts available in bundles. (UK fans may wish to note that EMP are doing half price memberships today - 8/12 - which will give you free shipping for all of next year.)
1. Élan (album version)
2. Élan (radio edit)
3. Élan (alternate Petri Alanko version)
4. Sagan (bonus track)
Petri Alanko is the composer who created The Score for the Imaginaerum movie. "Sagan" is likely a reference to Carl Sagan, the famous cosmologist and popular science author/presenter.
Élan will be the first ever Nightwish studio song with Floor Jansen on vocals. The title of the new album will be revealed nearer to Christmas.