Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continued our journey through Latvia ahead of the big final of Supernova 2015 this Sunday. Today we decided to visit Tukums, also known as the town of roses! But as it’s winter and flowers are untypical, we decided to step into a little fancy tavern where we ordered kringels, a traditional almond pastry. Of course we couldn’t forget to review MNTHA and her song “Nefelibata“.
MNTHA – “NEFELIBATA”
You can listen to the live version here!
Anthony: Brace yourself for a guilty admission alert from me, y’all. After seeing MNTHA go all the way to the final, I still don’t get this. It sounds like a song that failed to make the final cut of Björk’s 2011 album “Biophilia”. I can understand this being a different alternative and an entirely new approach from Latvia if this gets chosen, but I do fear this unusual electronic mix might backfire for them.
Deban: Chilled electronica, with a laid-back vocal delivery. This reminds me of Moloko. Velvety vocals against an edgy beat. I like the contrast, which creates interesting musical experimentation. Sadly, this is not sustained, nor is it memorable.
Denise: What’s up with her hair? It totally distracts me from the song…. Oh wait, that might have been on purpose. The song is pretty bad although I do understand why there are people who like it, but I’m definately not one of them.
Judit: Oh God. This song shouldn’t be in the final. I know weird looks can work on the ESC stage but she looks like a toy from Toy Story and hopefully Latvia won’t send this cartoon to Austria. I would like to be nice but in this case it’s really hard.
Louis: If Latvia wanted to add some comedy to the show, they have gone about it in the wrong way. I’m afraid that if selected to represent Latvia in Vienna, the laughs they will get won’t be of the good sort, and nobody wants that.
Mikhail: This song doesn’t catch at all. It reminds me of SUNDAY in Iceland, but you could watch their performance staring at the screen. Here you start to think what else you can do. Dull and distracting.
Patrick: I can totally understand why Latvians are voting for her – she’s something completely new and special, like from another universe. I would describe the music style as ’80s pop mixed with electric and a really dark background. I’m not sure how it will do in Vienna – will it fail or rise up to the top? Who knows!?
Robyn: The live performance of this intriguing song makes things more interesting than just the audio, but only a little bit. The song just isn’t engaging enough. It’s background music that plays when something more interesting happens. If this goes to Vienna, it will signal toilet break time.
Sopon: Oh great, another left-field entry from Latvia. Does Latvia ever want to do well? MNTHA might be the most eccentric singer I’ve seen in this whole season, and not in a good way. Her song is really strange and kind of off-putting. If this goes to Austria, I’m simply going to write it off.
William: This is unique without being freakish, avant-garde without being outlandish. During the semi-final MNTHA at times looked like an aristocrat going through a divorce. In other moments she looked like a homeless woman stumbling home from a club after too much experimenting. In both cases I adore it. From the sound to the staging to her other-worldliness, this is my winner.