Belarusian band Litesound burst onto the international music scene last year amid a wave of DRAMA! Thinking they came second in their national pre-selection, Alyona Lanskaya got disqualified by presidential decree, and Litesound, initially the consolation act, suddenly became national heroes. Sadly, that euphoria was short-lived as the brothers failed to advance to the ESC finals in Baku.
Since then they’ve recharged and regrouped with another set of brothers (Igor & Artyom Dorokin) to form a four-piece. The more the merrier. They’ve released their new single ‘Shooting Star’ just in time for Christmas. ‘Shooting Star’ approaches the genre of Christmas carols with a refreshing twist. The scenery is familiar: snow, Christmas trees, decorations. However, the running themes in the video are not specific to the festive season. The tortured emotions of a couple feature prominently in this clip. Scenes showing separation filter into vignettes demonstrating redemption,and towards the end, home-coming .
Soundwise, this song has a great beat. I loved the foot-tapping guitar riff that starts the Christmas message. Derivative of Foreigner, this track also harks back to the high-school pop offerings of Son of Dork. A familiar sound that’s also been featured on the Eurovision stage. Does anybody remember Andorra 2007 ? What’s even more impressive is that the other two brothers Dmitry and Vladimir Kayarkin produced, directed and shot most of the video. Apart from featuring their strong vocals, ‘Shooting Star’ showcases a rock musicality lacking in many festive offerings.