Mariya Yaremchuk has finally released her highly anticipated new single “Protiv Vetra” or “Go Against the Wind” in English, her first since Ukraine’s triumphant 6th place finish at Eurovision. This time she’s taken a new approach by dumping the sparkles and hamster wheel, allowing her vocals to become the star of the show. Opting to sing in Russian rather than English or Ukrainian, the clashing piano chords are a harsh contrast to Mariya’s soothing voice. However, it brings uniqueness and power to the ballad.
We can’t dance to “Protiv Vetra” like we danced to “Tick Tock”, but the song demonstrates that Mariya can really bring out the big notes when she needs to. She’s stripped back and showcases her raw talent perfectly while the violins evoke classiness and poise. The question is: which side to Mariya do you prefer – the pop princess with the wind machine or the sophisticated songstress with the orchestra?
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