Back in November, Minus One were selected as Cyprus’ Eurovision 2016 representatives. At the time of the announcement they revealed that they would collaborate with Swedish Eurovision legend Thomas G:son. And now we finally get to hear the result of their collaboration, with the official release of Minus One’s Eurovision song “Alter Ego”.
When the band revealed the title of the song, fans predicted that we would see, as the title implies, another side of Minus One — their alter ego. And indeed we have! They are edgy and arty, and seem to have updated their sound. It’s a pleasant surprise and we are getting really good feels with this one.
“Alter Ego” avoids the pitfalls of so many rock songs at Eurovision. Rather than sounding derivative and familiar, it’s fresh and original. The video is like a three-minute art piece, replete with edgy clothes, gorgeous cinematography and a wolf.
wiwibloggs spoke with Minus One ahead of the song’s release. This is what the band had to say:
The song was a collaboration between us and Thomas G:son. He visited Cyprus back in November, we met, talked about what and how we think the song should be and immediately we realised we were on the exact same page with everything about it. We exchanged our views and then we started rehearsing, coming up with ideas. Thankfully, the internet makes this kind of working from a distance easier.
The ideas were sent back and forth up to the point that a base and structure was decided, along with all the little ideas, melodies and lines that make up the song. After that we travelled to Sweden and in the studio we recorded everything, adding and removing, as a lot of work is done there into finalizing a song. We were amazed from the quality of the studio, sound and of course the work of sound engineer Thomas Plec Johansson and are really happy and excited with the result.
Alter Ego: Our first reaction
Minus One interview
So what do you think? Will “Alter Ego” be a hit in Stockholm? Share your thoughts below!