Ralfs and Edmunds—the two halves of PeR—are back with a new single, Smile. Did they turn our frown upside-down? Or did we just purse our lips and turn away?
Smile is much stronger than their Eurovision 2013 entry, Here We Go, for several reasons. They pursued a more jazzy sound this time around, rather than producing a softcore hip-hop beat. Ralfs’ voice is more Bruno Mars in this song, with a touch of Pharrell Williams (it’s sort of like a slower version of Happy), and he does a much better job at it than Basim did.
The jazz sound, complete with nice touches of harmonica and saxophone, make it more lively and less mainstream than Here We Go. And finally, their placement of rap is used much more strategically. Whereas they previously rapped their verses, the only spoken word here is in the middle-8, where it stands out in a good way.
It’s a big step up from their song last year, but these budding artists still have a bit more to go.
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