In the run-up to each heat of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), Finland’s selection for Eurovision 2015, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — will rate the songs from that heat. Today we travelled to the Finnish Lapland to listen to Solju, a mother-daughter duo who mixes jojking with modern pop in their song “Hold Your Colours“. Did we enjoy this mix or was it too exotic for our jury?
Deban: With the right staging, this song could really take flight. It’s cleverly structured and makes room for interesting folk elements, whilst retaining its pop roots. Solju could use some choreography to tone down her upper body movement. It’s slightly too flouncy for a song that requires one to breathe, feel, uncover and connect with one’s inner colours. However, that is minor. The major deal here is that “Hold Your Colours” is UMK’s hidden treasure.
Josh: “Hold Your Colours” is an interesting song. It has the potential to be really great but for me it doesn’t get there. It sounds like Solju has gained inspiration from “Rainmaker” by Emmelie De Forest, slowed it down and added some Chinese meditation music. I’m not fond of the little solo bits from the lady in the colourful outfit in the film clip, as she kind of sounds like she’s taking the piss out of yodelling. Not terrible, but not the best.
William: Motion, lotion, ocean — I’m not always sure what she’s saying. But I do know that I prefer the parts where the woman in indigenous costume is dropping it gutteral style. The message, it seems, is that people should protect their culture. It’s slightly patronizing, but I’m glad Modern Woman is kind enough to give tribeswoman a hug for her glossy video, which presumably wasn’t shot in the village. It’s well-meaning but just a tad repetitive and boring. Nice vocals though.
Ramadan: I’m loving the Sami inspired ethnic singing in the song, would have been amazing to hear some ethnic Sami sounds as well. Other than that, It’s a really great song but it’s not that catchy. I’m kinda confused with this one. I think a revamp could complete the song. A let down.
Robyn: As further evidence of the amazing diversity of UMK, this is a blend of pop and joik, the traditional song of Finland’s native Sami people. But the ‘pop meets world music’ thing ends up being reminiscent of the stuff Deep Forest was doing in the ’90s. It’s a sweet song, but it just isn’t very catchy.
Sami: She sounds great and the jojking is also nice, but the song is maybe a little too pop. The chorus is very beautiful and it reminds me a bit of a campfire song. I’m sure they will perform it well live too, which might get them to the final.
Sopon: This is a grower to me. I didn’t really care for the yodeler much at first, and dismissed the Hillary Swank look-alike as being another pretty but plain voice. However, after a few listens, you begin to hear the harmony between the two voices, and the beauty of the song almost makes me want to cry. This is a dark horse, and rightfully so.
Patrick: Wow! I didnt expect this song from Finland. If we look to the situation in UMK at the moment, this could win it all! It’s not really Eurovision-friendly but it’s special, powerful and the native voices are great! Yes, I really adore this song!
Mikhail: This is nice and sweet, and the folk parts sound really interesting. However, it doesn’t leave any stamp in your memory. It is quite boring and requires a climax for sure.
The highest and lowest scores have been removed before calculating the final scores to avoid bias. We have removed a high of 9 and a low of 4.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.1/10
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