Ukraine: Go_A – Shum
Shi: If listening to the entries of the returning artists and trying to not compare them to last year’s wasn’t challenging enough, here comes Ukraine not only with a returning artist, but with a revamp to this year’s entry that falls into the “wait, you just wrote an entirely new song!” category.
Luckily for me, I somehow managed to not remember how Go_A’s entry from last year sounds like (although I recall I did like it), and I also heard the original 4-minute version of “Shum” only once, allowing me to hear the Eurovision version with relatively fresh ears.
There’s something pretty cool in seeing both Ukraine and Russia – two strong members of the “sending calculated cliché soulless only-for-Eurovision entries” coalition – giving us unique artists who actually get to express their own style at Eurovision (and in their native language at that).
Kateryna’s voice might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a good time to remember that “Samo Shampioni” actually came 6th in the semi televote. Not to mention that, unlike that one, as a composition “Shum” – with its authentic ethnic sound, increasing intensity and what I’m sure will be standout visuals – offers far more musical credibility for the jury portion of the vote.
Felix: I liked the first version of “Shum”. I like the new and final version a LOT less, especially the more obtrusive tempo changes, and the very annoying sound of her voice on the heavily used fifth interval to the root note, which didn’t exist in the first version. Still “okay”.
Martin: Honestly, I’ve lost track of the various versions of this song to the extent that I’m just going to wait and see what audiovisual package they make out of the whole thing next month. Their videos certainly suggest they could have something interesting planned.
video and title image source: eurovision.tv