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. The beaches of the cold North Sea are really stormy and windy in winter but we decided to walk along into a mystical world with spirits of the sea all around us – that’s why we reviewed Fahrenhaidt with their songs “Frozen Silence” and “Mother Earth“. How did our jury react? Will Fahrenhaidt go straight to Vienna? Read on to find out.
FAHRENHAIDT – FROZEN SILENCE
Louis: This is magical. It reminds me of an emotional scene in a big movie. The piano accompaniment fits perfect and it is a relatively simple song, yet it comes across as a powerful and emotional entry.
Kristín: This is somewhat amazing. She sounds a little bit like the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, and the video fits this song perfectly. I actually got a little lump in my throat because of all the emotion… what is up with that??? I listen to this kind of music a lot, and “Frozen Silence” gives me goosebumps from head to toe. Over all, well done!
Max: This is like a mixture of Bon Iver and Birdy, two artists that rely heavily off a powerful voice and a soft piano instrumental that oozes emotion. I could listen to this on repeat over and over again and I probably will as I believe this could win and make a little trip to Vienna.
Mikhail: I’ve just been teleported into some land of magic and mystery. This song is filled with some pure energy of nature. I can imagine snowy mountains, trees, lakes with crystal clear water, shining sun with some bright but not burning light. It is something cold, but warm at the same time. It warms your soul, filling it with some real magic and it has double effect on me, cause I miss my cold, -30C winter with a lot of snow, which I used to have and which was filling me with the same feelings.
Patrick: I’m not gonna try to explain how I love this and how this will slay! Fahrenhaidt are just amazing, the melody is so touching – I always get goosebumps… “Frozen Silence” is a big masterpiece and I can’t imagine how this could work out in Vienna. It’s fresh, it’s mystical and it’s new – go! Just win this contest!
Robyn: Here in the southern hemisphere, it’s a filthy hot summer’s day, the cicadas are chirping and I could do with some of that frozen silence. Fahrenhaidt’s song creates a feeling of a majestic landscape, barely touched by humankind. A video of a previous live performance of the song promises great things for the staging. This could be a good choice for Germany.
WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 9.1/10
FAHRENHAIDT – MOTHER EARTH
Louis: Another great song and you clearly can hear why it’s called “Mother Earth”. However, the added extras of thunder, rain and wind sounds would be lost in a large arena in Vienna. It’s a great song, but not as special as “Frozen Silence” and I don’t think it will stand out as much.
Score : 6/10
Kristín: I can’t really decide which song I like more – this or “Frozen Silence”. In fact, the German national finals are doing my head in because there are so many great songs. Help! “Mother Earth” has an immensely strong melody, and the singer just gives it that extra boost.
Max: So enchanting. So heartfelt. So melancholic. This is the sort of song I’d listen to whilst I was staring at myself in the mirror after a breakup, thinking “where did it all go wrong?”. It’s a song that makes me question things, due to the powerful meaning behind the song and the pure, echoey vocals that give me shivers. My favourite, and a contender for victory not just in Germany but in Austria too.
Mikhail: “Mother Earth” doesn’t wake so many emotions as “Frozen Silence” does, but, nevertheless, it is an amazing song and it brings something different – a strong chorus, which is remarkable. I really hope that Fahrenhaidt will win with any song and they will bring some magic to Vienna.
Patrick: It’s so mystical and pleasant to listen to. It’s fabulous… This is like a fairytale in a lost world, Amanda singing into your ear and you fly into a unknown place, looking for a home. I could seriously see this going to do really well and I love it! OMG!
Robyn: This doesn’t have as much attitude as “Frozen Silence”. It has more of a cosy earth-mother feeling happening, The only thing that sticks is the repeated cries of “Oh Gaia!”. “Frozen Silence” makes me want to get amongst the glaciers. “Mother Earth” makes me want to head for the nearest metropolis.