Before Iveta Mukuchyan we had Sirusho. A perennial favourite amongst Eurovision fans since her 2008 fourth place finish for Armenia. Sirusho was one of our readers’ top five picks to represent her country in Stockholm. She even secured more votes than Iveta, the eventual candidate.
It’s been just over a year since the release of “Where Were You?” — her song paying tribute to the centenary of the Armenian genocide. The “Qéle,Qéle” hitmaker has kept busy in the interim, returning with a new single in January — “Mi Togh Indz Menak” or “Don’t Leave Me Alone” in English.
Sirusho “Mi Togh Indz Menak” (Official Video)
Initially set in a gloomy train station, Sirusho asks her lover not to leave her alone or they will both suffer heartache. The song feels eerie and melancholic. Throughout the first verse and chorus, Sirusho finds herself surrounded by hundreds of male commuters in top hats. We’re just wondering where all of that indoor snow came from!
The track comes to life in the second verse. The video flashes in multi-coloured filters and Sirusho flips her hair inside an abandoned train carriage. The train begins moving and so does the song, reaching top speed as her band appears with an electric guitar in tow.
Fans looking for a catchy dance number like her Eurovision entry or her Sakis Rouvas duet might be a little disappointed — although the latter half of the song undoubtedly picks up. Nevertheless, she proves that she can deliver an emotional ballad just as well — this is much more “Antarber Ashkharh” than “PreGomesh”.
What do you think of “Mi Togh Indz Menak”? Are you still in love with Sirusho eight years after her Eurovision appearance or are you hoping she’ll just leave you alone? Let us know in the comments below!
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