German synthwaver NINA and Swedish act The Secret Chord have a deep connection with Berlin, the vibrant capital of Germany. To honor Berlin and celebrate their love for it, the two artists have teamed up to create a dreamily nostalgic synth-pop cut named after the city. They’ve brought the inimitable Radio Wolf along for the ride on guitar.
The lyrics touch on a romantic affair between two lovers in the European Union’s largest city, but it could just as easily be a song about one’s love affair with a city they love. Consider the people, the ambiance, the buildings, and also the food and art and everything else — all those elements that define a city. It all makes it quite easy to fall in love with a place.
“’Berlin’ is a homecoming song for me,” NINA told Vehlinggo. “I recently moved back to the city, after living in London for over 15 years. When Joakim Paulsson from The Secret Chord sent me his demo, I instantly connected to it. I really adore The Secret Chord and my heart always belongs to Berlin.”
The song comes out on Thursday, April 22, via NewRetroWave.
NINA has toured worldwide, sharing the stage with Erasure, De/vision, Boney M., Parallels, Robert Parker, Timecop1983, and more. She has collaborated with a variety of artists and producers including LAU, Oscillian, Richard X, The New Division, Sunglasses Kid, Ollie Wride, Ricky Wilde, and Futurecop! She is currently in the studio working on new music with Radio Wolf.
The Secret Chord is Joakim Paulsson, hailing from Sweden. Paulsson draws his inspiration from 1980s music such as the New Romantics movement and new wave, but the music is tied to modern soundscape. He is often joined by vocalist Ida Trosell on vocals.