The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to Bulgaria and check out the American-Bulgarian
supergroup common framework Equinox and their song “Bones”. Were we feeling their darkness and light? Read on to find out!
Equinox – “Bones”
William: This is a weird one — on first listen I love it, on second listen I don’t get it, on third listen I’m thinking WTF, and on fourth listen I’m loving it again. Musically and visually it toes the line between Halloween and high art; depending on your mood it’s either existential or simply self-indulgent; it’s meditative or monotonous; it’s magic or just a bit much. What it means to Eurovision voters will come through in the live performance, where voice and visual will clarify all these blurred boundaries in a make-or-break moment. As for now, I’m loving the risk. The overall package is daring and the song doesn’t feel of this universe. That alone makes it a potential winner in my eyes.
Bogdan: While I do appreciate the voices and the melody, there is something off-putting about this year’s Bulgarian entry. Equinox is obviously a made-for-Eurovision act that won’t stay together after May and this transpires in the song as well. While the message of “Bones” is positive, its mood is unnecessarily dark. Bulgaria has clearly overthought this and the final product is not convincing enough to become a contender for the win.
Cinan: This song is the sister of Loreen’s “Statements”, which I am very glad about. The song is unique — five beautiful and distinct voices merged in one and the Bulgarian folklore motifs just blow you up in the heart. I have huge expectations for the stage performance in Lisbon. I hope very much after last year’s success that this song has even more success. And why not win it? Let’s do this!
Robyn: There’s something magic happening here. Despite a clanger of an opening line (“Love is like a blackhole – everything is dark”) the Equinox quintet completely sells it and deliver a song that is moody and delicious. It sounds like the staging of “Bones” is important to Bulgaria, but regardless of that, the song stands on its own. It wouldn’t be hard to expect another top-five finish for Bulgaria, at a minimum.
Renske: They really were eager to repeat the success of “Beautiful Mess” by trying to make a “Beautiful Mess 2.0”. “Bones”, however, sounds too manufactured. The audio track sounds very polished but also extremely autotuned. The fact that Equinox is a dubbed as “common framework” — not a group — will be a disadvantage because that just underlines the individuality of the artists rather than the cohesion of a group.
Steinunn: This is dark and twisted and captivating and I can‘t get enough of it. It‘s like Equinox wants to put me under their spell and I just want to obey. It all comes down to the staging now. Good staging and this is a top-five contender for sure. Crossing my fingers that the Bulgarian team manages to avoid the mistakes of Switzerland 2006 and Armenia 2015 and just put five soloists on the stage and let them belt out until everyone‘s out of breath. This song is too good for that to happen.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 6.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.94/10
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