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 to and reviewing all of the songs. Next up are Cartoon & Kristel Aaslaid with their song “Immortality”. The beats are all over the song, giving us a strong, contemporary sound. Would we dance to it? Read about it below!
CARTOON & KRISTEL AASLAID — “IMMORTALITY”
Mikhail: Nice song, nice beat, nice rhythm, but it is on this average “nice” level for me. I’m not a fan of club dance mixes and it is hard to grab my attention with it (but not impossible). However, this song doesn’t do it.
Josh: “Immortality” is quite literally immortal for the three minutes that you listen to it. It’s powerful, modern and incorporates phenomenal DNB and dubstep elements layered with the powerful vocal of Kristen Aaslaid. With over 650,000 views on YouTube and over 20,000 likes, it’s clear that this is a favourite and I now understand why.
Patrick: Now I might rant a lot in this jury and low scores are normal sadly but this is a big surprise. Not only that I really like the song title, no, I also like the song. The voice is really good and the beat gives me good vibes. It might be just my style of music but it is a great song for Eesti Laul. It will do well there but will it win? Who knows? It’s a good effort, in any case!
Cristian: A very powerful song, but it leaves me cold. I recognize its qualities though, ’cause it could be a track played by radio stations all around the world, and I think this is what an Eurovision song should aspire to.
Angus: This is one step out of beat with perfection. Something between the dubstep, electrifying production and soaring vocal misses the mark because the elements aren’t quite harmonising together. Definitely in need of a revamp to secure serious success if it wins in Estonia.
Luis: See, rest of Europe? This is the true meaning of “modern and international sounds”. “Immortality” is ready to hit any radio all over the world: it’s current, well produced and likeable. My only complaint is that it’s quite difficult to form a show out of this song that isn’t either totally plain or way too extravagant. If they sort it out well, they’ve got it.
Antranig: This song leaves me very conflicted because it is compelling but it never hits top gear. “Immortality” has plenty of potential but I wouldn’t want to see it in Stockholm without a revamp. The current version might get through the semis but I can’t see it doing well in the grand final. However, it’s definitely a contender to win Eesti Laul.
Renske: This song is modern and decent, but sadly nothing more. Because of its heavy production, the instrumentation is just so messy at times. I think this really ruins the song, which is a pity, since this is one of the better songs in Eesti Laul.
Zakaria: “Immortality” is a very contemporary and modern song. It offers so much in staging possibilities and with the right one and a strong vocal performance, I can see it as a contender for the title. More than that, I think this song has the potential to chart decently across Europe. Nonetheless, it might need a little revamp…
Anthony: I’ve been hearing Cartoon are one of Estonia’s biggest rising stars, and it’s not hard to see why. Combined with the vocals of Kristel Aaslaid, this modern radio-friendly entry shows why they’re ones to watch at Eesti Laul. Should they win, “Immortality” could do with a few tweaks before they arrive at Stockholm.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 6.5 and a high of 9.