Netherlands’ Eurovision Entry Could Use More “Lights & Shadows”

March 7, 2017 0

Sister trio O’G3NE of the Netherlands revealed their entry “Lights & Shadows” for Eurovision 2017. Our first impression: needs more of both. Since their selection as the Netherlands’ Eurovision Song Contest representative for the 2017 competition in Kyiv, O’G3NE has established full control of the process. Their father has written and produced their entry “Lights & Shadows.” It was also recently reported by Eurovoix that the group has decided not to work with the stage director the Netherlands has used for the last few years. I find this last development troubling, given how “Light & Shadows” sounds: I was hoping the official music video was responsible for some of the over-production happening on this track but, sadly, this is not the case. Upon my first listen of the track, my immediate reaction brought to mind the Coco Chanel quote “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” Here’s a short list of things to remove: Unnecessary reverb on the harmonies Too many harmonies at the same volume level The electric guitar string after the second verse The 80s piano riff during the second chorus The keychange isn’t fully […] [Read more…]

Could Hovig’s “Gravity” Pull in a Win for Cyprus?

March 3, 2017 0

The much anticipated “Gravity” by Hovig may help raise people’s opinion of Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest. Cyprus came to play, y’all. Working again with Eurovision guru Thomas G:son, the island country has been unusually assertive in its Eurovision Song Contest rollout this year. The announcement of Hovig as their act came rather early in selection season and they have been working the social media hype machine quite heavily for the debut of their entry “Gravity”: Let’s get the comparisons out of the way first. The melody reminds me heavily of Awolnation’s “Sail” while the lyric delivery is reminiscent of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. In Eurovision circles, I’m getting a strong vibe of Loic Nottet’s “Rhythm Inside” while the video suggests we may be getting a stage performance rivaling what Sergey Lazarev did last year with the magic wall. Let me be clear: none of those things are bad. Last year’s entry from Cyprus was verrrrry similar to the Killers and various Eurovision rock performances and Minus One advanced to the final. The challenge Hovig and Cyprus faces at the moment is the other half of the Eurovision field. This song is the 20th out of 43 to be […] [Read more…]

Latvia Gets in “Line” Behind Triana Park

March 2, 2017 0

Latvia continues to experiment with electronic pop at Eurovision, selecting Triana Park’s “Line” as their entry for Kyiv. Finally, I get to take my turn to gush about Latvia’s selection process Supernova. To put it into perspective: my favorite song so far of the 2017 selection season–Franco Franco’s “Up”–didn’t even make it out of the semi-final and I’m not mad. I don’t know who convinced LTV to take a more experimental/college radio route in its approach to Eurovision entries, but I am here for it. Case in point: this year’s Supernova winner “Line” by the electronica group Triana Park. After five previous attempts1 to represent Latvia at Eurovision, the group finally found success with this track: Similar to “Love Injected” and “Heartbeat”, there’s a slow build behind palpable restraint, eventually bursting through to a moment of rocking out. Although the lyrics are repetitive and not all that complex, the delivery reminds me of “Heads Will Roll” by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Also, since the band has been together for so long, they have a clearly developed aesthetic and stage presence that shines through in this performance. I will be curious to see how Triana Park will heighten the performance for the stage […] [Read more…]

Ukraine Makes “Time” for O.Torvald

March 1, 2017 0

Ukraine takes advantage of its free pass to the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final by sending the rock track “Time” by O.Torvald to Kyiv. There have been many Eurovision songs in the last several years that have what I call the countdown effect. This is where a song either meanders to fill the allotted three minutes or ends abruptly because time is almost up. Ukraine has taken this metaphor to the next level, thanks to the winner of its national selection “Time” by the rock band O.Torvald. There is a lot to love about this entry. First, this song is in no way a retread of last year’s winning entry “1944” by Jamala, so it shows off the versatility of Ukraine’s Eurovision process. As the host country, Ukraine gets an automatic pass to the Grand Final, which allows for a song outside of the Pop Music Industrial Complex to have a showcase it probably would not get otherwise. Austria’s 2015 entry was a good example of this, though it failed to score any points in the Grand Final (oops). I think a song like this could advance from a semi-final, but better to bank on a sure thing. That’s not to […] [Read more…]

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