We are getting close to Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision Eesti Laul 2016, which kicks off on February 13. In recent weeks the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has been listening and reviewing all of the songs. Mick Pedaja was the first one we came across us with his song “Seis”. He is bringing us some extraordinary shamanic energy, a call for nature. Did he manage to take us away into the emerald dream? Read and find out!
MICK PEDAJA — “SEIS”
Robyn: I really like this song but, dammit, this is not a Eurovision song. I love the mix of the delicate, folky vocals with the slowly building moody electronic textures. But it seems more suited to an arts festival than ESC. But even if there’s no Eurovision future for this song, I’ve already put it in a Spotify playlist.
Cristian: Is “Seis” a right song for the Eurovision? No, not at all but… who cares? I could have said exactly the same thing for “Love injected” the last year but it became one of my fave Eurovision entry ever so I’m here to support Mick Pedaja and his song, pure eargasmic emotion. This is possibly the best entry of this Eesti Laul!
Bernardo: I’m feeling it! Damm right, I am. Just like Luis, I’m getting Sigur Rós vibes here — and I love it. One of my favorite entries. I think very well staged this could bring emotional tears in the eyes of ESC fans and make quite a good impression in Stockholm. Love, love, love!
Luis: This is probably the closest I’ll ever be to see something like Sigur Rós at Eurovision. This is first class ambient music, but unfortunately, ambient is not a winning horse in a pop contest. “Seis” goes straight to my “moody Sunday” list.
William: Colour me depressed. This three minutes of nothing is more ambient than musical and seems to strive to induce sleep in listeners. It values production over melody, and sound effects over a story. This would be great as a backing track in a documentary on Inuit traditions. But at Eurovision it would just leave the audience cold.
Anthony: This is another one of those songs that I’ll be more than happy to listen to, but falls way outside the usual Eurovision comfort zone. “Seis” is deeply mesmerizing and the Estonian lyrics adds that extra magical touch to the song. It may struggle to win over the televoters at Stockholm, but it never fails to give me goosebumps.
Renske: I would love to hear an Estonian-language ballad in Eurovision again! But in contrast, “Seis” doesn’t have what “Kuula” and “Rändajad” both had. The song doesn’t have a climax, it doens’t have an end. In Eurovision, it would be lost. But it’s surely a beautiful song.
Sinan: From the beginning I did not like it much, but after a while the beat became interesting! I think its a good song, a different song. This type of song relaxes me, but it is also a little depressing.
Antranig: I like songs that are a little different but what on earth is this? This sounds like something they would play at a medical clinic to numb your senses before they stab you with a needle. Strangely enough, a needle would be less painful than listening to this again.
Zakaria: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eesti Laul audience consults for depression after hearing that. The song starts in a very flat and depressive dark-ambiant tone and doesn’t evolve at all. Three minutes passes and I’m still waiting for something to happen! Mick still has an emotional and beautiful voice though.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0 and a high of 10.