If y’all were quick to label Cleo and Donatan as one-trick ponies, prepare to be surprised!
While we were all debating the merits of “My Slowanie”, Donatan and Cleo released their new single, “Cicha Woda”/“Quiet Water”, featuring Polish rapper Sitek (who just sounds irrelevant, to be honest). The track opens with Cleo singing about how she feels that money is being stolen from the people, and that corruption is rampant. When the song suddenly goes modern, it turns into a money grabber’s anthem (or, to quote Cleo, “get cash/take cash”). To the average listener, this sounds horribly conflicting. Yet, to our ears, experienced to Cleo’s biting sense of sarcasm and political satire, it comes off as effing genius.
This is a major break from what Donatan and Cleo are best known – scantily-clad butter churning and laundry. It shows depth, flexibility, and a social awareness which many other Eurovision singers have not touched on. Given how corruption is so rampant in certain ex-Soviet states, the song is very on-point.
As for the music video, it complements the track nicely. The pair’s first non-hyper-sexual clip starts off with Cleo singing at a very fancy dinner party. Then the rap kicks in, and she wields a gun as her posse get to work, taking jewellery, killing autocrats, the works. While American hip-hop brags about violence and and money, Cleo and Donatan actually talk the talk and walk the walk.