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 musical unprofessionals — has been listening and reviewing all of the songs. Next up are Põhja-Tallinn with their song “Eiolemulolla”. They are delivering us Estonian rap with a lot of positive energy. Are we feeling their vibes? Read and find out!
PÕHJA-TALLIN — “EIOLEMULOLLA”
Robyn: Suddenly a crack appears in Estonia’s cool electro pop facade. Yeah, it’s a dorky rap-rock song with a chick singer (so ’90s), but the chorus is super catchy and full of positive vibes. While there are better songs in the competition, these northern lads look like they’d rock the Eesti Laul final.
Josh: Are Põhja-Tallinn Estonia’s answer to No Doubt? This song isn’t to my taste but it’s getting positive comments elsewhere therefore I’m not counting it out as a contender just yet. I think the female vocal in the chorus elevates the song a little. I could live without the Estonian rap in the verses though.
Deban: This is noise to me. It’s not contemporary. It pushes no boundaries. The chorus is barely memorable. Befitting for a community event attended by 200 people, but not suitable for earth’s biggest song contest. Period!
Patrick: This blue sunglasses are confusing me. They aren’t only cheap and out of fashion, no, it’s also winter during the video. Why? Oh yes, the song. Well, I rather prefer talking about the sunglasses and how I hate them ’cause in the end it’s the same as the song: cheap and out of fashion.
Renske: They come from Põhja-Talinn? They should stay there too. Their song is fine for a local band, which plays at local fests and local clubs. Sadly for them, this is Eurovision. The song just doesn’t have it for such a big event, but it’s still enjoyable for the locals.
Bogdan: Seriously? I don’t get it. Is this a homage to the bad music of the ’90s? Despite the band members’ youth, everything is old about this, from the melody, instrumentation, singing, and rapping to — I’m 100% sure — the lyrics. And somehow they managed to make the beautiful Estonian language sound annoying. Please stop.
Anthony: “Rap’N’Roll” is the band’s speciality genre, and that rock and rap combination pretty much sums up their entry “Ei ole mul olla”. While this kind of music might be familiar to their fans, to everyone else it feels more like a Heston Blumenthal experiment failing to take off.
Angus: This is nice lift music but nothing more. A pleasant three minutes that fades into oblivion as soon as it ends.
Luis: This is weird. In general, I enjoy the song, but I don’t like the rap part and the female voice is not really my cup of tea. Why do I somehow like this? I’m not sure, but I do.
William: Kookie, crazy, unhinged — this song is many things and I really enjoy it. There’s a delightfully uplifting aspect to the chorus. It seems to say, “We’re screwed, but we’re OK with that.” Will this win in Estonia? No. Should it win? Absolutely not. But I’m really glad it’s here.
“EI OLE MUL OLLA” SCORES
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 1 and a high of 6.5.