The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continues its journey through Germany ahead of the Unser Song Für Österreich 2015 Final this Thursday. We are all fans of nature, that’s why we were hiking through the woods, always watching out for some mysterious wood-nymphs! Of course, we couldn’t forget to review Faun with their songs “Hörst du die Trommeln” and “Abschied“. How did our jury like the group? Read on to find out…
FAUN – HÖRST DU DIE TROMMELN
Louis: Faun scare me a bit in this. Saying that, I’m disappointed that they don’t erupt into heavy metal choruses half way through the song. I don’t feel the song is anything special either and there are too many instrumental passages.
Max: Faun have really done a good job with this song. The male lead singer has such a mysterious, dark tone to his voice it just lures me in to want to hear more. The use of flutes, bagpipes and other unusual instruments provide us with a melody that we aren’t used to in Eurovision and it wouldn’t look out of place in The Hobbit film soundtrack.
Mikhail: This is a very interesting song. It has some medieval spirit and it sounds great. I can picture all those scenes from medieval movies about knights, the crusades and peasants. Going back in time can be great!
Kristín: I’ve actually listened a bit to Faun prior to Eurovision, and I have to say, that I am over the moon with their participation in Germany! I love their medieval sound and I can’t get enough of their music. “Hörst du die Trommeln” is no exception. A musical trip back in time á la Faun. Love it! Come to think of it, I might have been born in the wrong century.
Patrick: The melody and chorus is amazing but in my opinion, the vocalist can’t sing. His vocals are so low and you can barely understand him. This music style is always in the German NF so it will either do well or amazingly bad. Let’s wait and see!
Robyn: “Can you hear the drums,” the song asks, and indeed they are audible. As the music video demonstrates, the strong percussion creates so much potential for amazing staging. But looks aren’t everything. “Hörst du die Trommeln” sounds more like background music for a historical TV drama than an ESC winner.
WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 6.7/10
FAUN – ABSCHIED
Louis: Is this from the same people? It’s so carefree and soothing, nonetheless, they still love using their many instruments to make up most of the song. There needs to be more singing instead of the numerous bagpipe and flute solos.
Max: I la-la love this! The fusion of Germanic and Celtic influences shouldn’t work but they totally do! It’s slower than their other submission but it has the same impact on me, being just as mystifying and medieval sounding as the other. This sort of music is so under rated, which is a shame because it’s so beautiful.
Mikhail: I really love this medieval atmosphere. It’s so beautiful, but I am afraid it won’t have such a magical atmosphere live, because here you need to close your eyes and imagine…
Kristín: I have no worries whatsoever about Faun delivering live. They’ve been doing concerts and tours for years, and Eurovision would be easy-peasy for them. “Abschied” is a soothing song, and beautiful, and I love all the instrumental solos. Sometimes it should just be about the music, like Norway’s “Nocturne” proved 20 years ago.
Patrick: She has a really melodic voice and the sounds are lovely but it doesn’t connect with me at all. It’s too dull for the band, okay the lyrics are cute but nothing special! I think it would suffer the same fate as Ireland in 2006 if they go to Eurovision. Naah…
Robyn: This is the sort of song that would show up in the Irish national final, only they would have wrecked it by putting a rap in the middle. It’s a really nice traditional sounding Celtic-inspired track, with almost a lullaby quality to it. It’s really too chilled out to work as an ESC entry, but it’s an otherwise lovely song.