Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — paid a visit Georgia and checked out Tbilisi’s indie rock scene. At the back of a dive bar we discussed Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz and their song “Midnight Gold”. Did we think their song was musical gold? Or was it more a case of fool’s gold? Read on to find out!
Nika Kocharov – “Midnight Gold”
“Midnight Gold” reviews
Bogdan: Georgia is bringing something different to the table every year and I love it. And even though I am no longer a Britpop fan (oh, the ’90s!), I can recognise a good song when I hear one. With an amazing light show (I can almost see it), “Midnight Gold” might upset some fan favourites — and I wouldn’t mind. This has more depth and quality than many overrated entries this year.
Angus: Nope. Nope. Nope. The kid’s TV mad professor look, weird band makeup and dizzying filler stadium anthem sound are doing nothing for me. This the kind of rock that would have been a huge smash in the early ’00s but now sounds tired and uninspired. This is one whacky act I can do without this year.
Antranig: As a lover of rock music at Eurovision, I have to say that if you’re going to do rock, do it properly. This is soft, cheap and agonising to try to get through. The pitch of the ridiculous music in the background seems appropriate only if they’re trying to attract bats through echolocation. Clearly “Midnight Gold” is not aiming for gold. Bring back Nina Sublatti!
Jason: I love a diva-tastic ballad/pop stomper as much as the next Eurovision fan, but just because “Midnight Gold” isn’t typically Eurovision friendly doesn’t make it bad. I quite like that it isn’t over-produced like so many of the other entries, and to me it seems much more original than the other (pop) rock entries this year. I for one love Nika and his quirky yet laid-back performance style. Also, that crazy final minute is perfection! I would be delighted if Georgia qualifies, but it probably won’t, unfortunately.
David: After sending quality entries for several years and not doing that well, Georgia has clearly decided to send absolute crap and see how that does. It’s an interesting experiment, but an awful song. It’s a bunch of atonal shouting with uninteresting loud music for the backdrop. Put this two-thirds of the way through the semi to make a good bathroom break. (I gave it a 0 because I’m not allowed to give it –10.)
Deban: If mining took place at midday, this entry would’ve been labelled topaz. Young Georgian Lolitaz may be unique in Georgia, but Europe will probably perceive them as “unfinished”. I’ve grown to appreciate their entry, and the artistry that underscores their music. However, I don’t find this gold precious enough to hold onto.
Robyn: “Midnight Gold” is easily one of my favourite tracks of 2016. I love the mix of the brash and obnoxious guitar, the seductive bassline, the trippy lyrics and Nika Kocharov’s laid-back Britpop vocals — and the studio version adds a disco breakdown amid the feedback solo. Realistically, I don’t think this will do well in Stockholm, but I’m just happy it exists.
Edd: Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against indie rock. The Young Georgian Lolitaz are a great band with an interesting look, interesting vocals and some great songs under their belt. “Midnight Gold” reminds me of when dogs eat their own faeces and then throw it back up again. Immensely unpleasant to witness, but interesting.
Padraig: Two years ago, I branded Georgia’s Eurovision entry three minutes of glorified noise. And they’ve done it again. As a song, “Midnight Gold” has zero appeal. There’s no hook, the production is lacking and the whole package comes across as amateurish. Then there’s the issue of Nika. I don’t think they could find a more lethargic frontman if they tried – he’s practically comatose! Judging by his image, he fancies himself as the next Jarvis Cocker. He’s not. I’m all for experimental Eurovision entries, but I expect them to possess some pizazz. This is DOA.
Sinan: What the hell was that? I mean im super disappointed this year from Georgia, last year they were really on top now bottom. Whats happened? The song isnt for the Eurovision stage, maybe for a criminal serial or something like that.
William: These guys are nuts, but I do love my protein! “Midnight Gold” is quirky, off-kilter and it really shouldn’t work. Yet there is real charm in the Georgian take on Britpop. It makes me feel like I’m coming off a high — and the loud, pushy bridge sends me on one final trip before I do. I wouldn’t download this and I think it will struggle to make the final. But I’m thrilled to have it in the contest.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 11 reviews. The remaining 29 scores are below.
William C: 2.5/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 0 and a high of 8.5.