Sveiki, Latvija! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has landed in Riga. After wandering around the Old Town, we found a boho cafe filled with men with tattoos and ladies with pierces, and we just had to discuss Triana Park and their song for Eurovision 2017, “Line”. Where did we draw the line? Read on to find out!
Triana Park – “Line”
About Triana Park
Triana Park (also known as Trianas Parks) are a four-piece Latvian electro-rock band who formed in 2008. They have attempted to represent Latvia at Eurovision five times, in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. But it was sixth time lucky with their Supernova 2017 comeback. “Line” won the national final and secured them a ticket to Kyiv.
William: Triana Park refers to the band’s musical playground. And judging from “Line” it’s a place filled with all manner of misfits. The urban sound melds electronica, warehouse, hip-hop and lounge, creating a strangely intoxicating sound that titillates and invigorates, even as it brings you down from its own high. Edgy, arresting and original, it’s all held together by Agnese — the beautiful girl next door who just might kick your ass. Bravo!
Jovana: “Line” in theory has everything that it takes to do well at Eurovision. It is an upbeat club banger that lends itself well to a great show on stage. But for some reason it doesn’t work for me. Maybe because I have a feeling I have heard it a thousand times before. It will probably qualify for the final, but on my personal list there are a lot of better songs that deserve a spot in the final over this.
Anthony: After years of disastrous decisions at Dziesma, it seems Latvia are finally getting their act together with Supernova. And Triana Park adds to the conveyor belt of decent entries the country have sent. The electronic minimalism production of “Line” kept me mesmerised, although they might want to ditch the superhero outfit if they want to avoid social media ridicule.
Robyn: “Line” is very stylish, but there’s not much to it. It feels like they’ve come up with the central hook and just found different ways to repeat it, ad nauseam. The ’80s-style black light staging at Supernova does the performance no favours by putting the band in the darkness. But if they can improve that for Kyiv, along with the kind position in the running order, it may be salvageable.
Chris: From the moment Triana Park took to the stage in Supernova, it was clear that this was the best song for Latvia. “Line” stands out both audibly and on stage: it’s different, but in a good way. It might be a song about getting over a lover, but it doesn’t go for grandiose drama unlike other entries this year. Instead, Agnese almost entrances us to join her ragtag group of ravers. Bring me to that party, get me wasted and cover me in UV paint: I’m all in for this one.
Sinan: Oh, I love this song! You can dance to it, it is very memorable and I think the staging is going to be super good — a dark disco style. It may qualify, but it’s hard to guess just how well it would do in the Saturday show.
Deban: Triana Park is conceptual reality. Within this band’s concept lies a vision. They’ve drawn the line, won Supernova and have raised the Eurovision bar. Fresh, upbeat, memorable and thrusting with energy, “Line” holds the perfect pace. This electronic club banger kisses the 80’s from a 2017 platform, whilst leaning towards the future.
Score: 8.5 /10
Forrest: Demonstrating a continuing trend in quality, it’s remarkable to think that “Line” will be the first non-Aminata entry from Latvia since the whimsical heights of 2014’s “Cake to Bake.” “Line” is grungy, yet fresh, providing a strong club track which veers close enough to mainstream pop that it could work on radio in equal measure. The long instrumental gaps make the song feel a bit lost at times as it meanders through EDM beats before working its way back to any lyrics. However, those also open up the possibility for interesting staging which could really make the song standout in Kyiv.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.72/10
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