Ukraine’s national selection for Eurovision 2016 will come to a glittering end on February 21. In the meantime the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has been listening to and reviewing all of the songs that qualified from the semi-finals. Today we turn to Pur:Pur with their song “We Do Change”. They say they are unveiling their inner universe. Did we find it? Read and find out!
PUR:PUR – “WE DO CHANGE”
“WE DO CHANGE” REVIEWS
Mikhail: Her voice is like the one of Sirens from Greek mythology. It’s luring you into the claws of a monster with a weirdly shaped basket on its head. Of course, she is not a monster. However, the song doesn’t do the same what the voice does. It is a bit monotonous and not so attractive, but it is nice to listen to.
William: She’s wearing a kimono on her body and a basket on her head — just two of the many elements that I don’t quite understand. In the tradition of synth-pop this is daring and breaks all the rules. That’s great. And while I appreciate their spirit and their message, I just find this a tad boring. It would tank at Eurovision so I can’t give it my love.
Deban: This made me giggle on the first listen, so I had to replay it a few times in order to draw constructive criticism. As a musical production, it made an impact. I found new layers on each visit, and by the fourth listen, I grew to love it. The fashion stakes are high here, but hold on: she’s avant-garde, not Barbara Dex.
Josh: First of all, why is Pur:Pur wearing a bowling-pin terrarium on her head? It seems like she’s trying too hard to be the lovechild of Björk and Rona Nishliu. “We Do Change” is a thoroughly dull song. There’s not much build and at the end of the song I was thinking, “Is that it?”. In a field of relatively strong songs in the Ukraine selection, this fails to measure up.
Robyn: “We Do Change” uses the stripped-back production sound that Lorde made famous (but even she has moved on from that), while the lead singer seems to be going for a quirky Björk style. And that’s all fine, but the song at the heart of it is pretty dull. One you strip back all the styling, it’s a really ordinary song with little to like.
Luis: The purpose of using minimalistic productions of this kind is focusing all the attention on the song itself. What happens when the composition isn’t really interesting? That the result is a yawn fest. And that’s partly what happens with Pur:Pur. The song itself is quite pleasant, but I find it hard to differentiate it from the tune of an air freshener advertisement.
Antranig: Wearing a cross between a bowling pin and a birdcage is worthy of several points in itself. The song doesn’t do much for me but what I like about it is that it isn’t flat — there are some parts which are quite powerful and her vocals fit the song very well. Not the best but not the worst Ukraine has to offer.
Denise: Who can take a song seriously if you’re going on stage looking like that? Wanna be extravagant? Do it like The Hardkiss. The song goes on without me noticing it and that’s not a good sign.
“WE DO CHANGE” SCORES:
William C.: 6.5/10
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0 and a high of 6.5.