From Estonia to the world! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues reviewing the songs in Eesti Laul 2017 — perhaps the most highly-anticipated national selection in the Baltics. Next up is the trio of Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux featuring Maian with their song “Have You Now”. Did we want to add this to our Spotify playlist? Read on to find out!
Karl-Kristjan & Whogaux feat. Maian – “Have You Now”
“Have You Now” reviews
Antranig: This song does not sound like it has much production value behind it, which makes it all the more impressive. Their vocals are great and the harmonies are perfect. The instrumentals are a little quirky and very appealing. It doesn’t come across as a very Eurovision song but that doesn’t mean it isn’t amazing. One of the best songs in Estonia.
Robyn: I’m ok with artists taking inspiration from current chart hits, but not when it’s done this lazily. “Have You Now” sounds like a cynical and formulaic recreation of Chainsmokers’ massive international hit “Closer”. But it misses the details of the original that made it a surprisingly touching and very appealing single. “Have You Now” is just left with the electronic production and two singers who sound bored with the whole experience.
William: This is alt electronica that really works. The instrumentation is so unique I can’t identify some of the sounds — but there appears to be a zither, an electro organ, a salt shaker, the rat-tat-tat of a digital drum and some kind of cartoon squeeze box. This has shades of the Postal Service — one of my favourite groups of a decade ago — and yet feels decidedly 2017. The contrasting vocals — she all angelic and soaring, he all brooding and gritty — works well and adds major avant-garde edge. Experimental, other-worldly realness!
Chris: Sure, okay, it sounds a bit like “Closer”. The only problem is that Halsey is much better than any of these three combined. The main fault comes with the vocals, particularly with Maian who just doesn’t sound good in this version. The fact I’m struggling with the vocals now makes me worry about the live version. The modern beat does do wonders though.
Jason: I really dislike “Closer”, so it is no surprise that “Have You Now” does not do much for me. It feels like a poor imitation of The Chainsmokers mega-hit and at times sounds frantic. The vocals are quite thin and frequently border on annoying. I appreciate the effort but that’s about it I am afraid.
Zakaria: Definitely one of the most current and experimental songs of this selection…but it still leaves me cold. The whole piece feels over-performed with the singers trying to sound too cool and sexy. Also, I’m not too sure about how they will sound live as the vocals sound a little weak on the studio version… All in all, I just don’t feel it.
Josh: Besides the clear derivative from The Chainsmokers, I actually really love this song. I don’t know how “Eurovision” it is, but if this came on my radio I’d happily sing along to it. It’s current, fresh and their vocals are so great. One of my favourites of Eesti Laul 2017.
Patrick: So baby pull me closer… Wait what? Listen peepz, I don’t know what you are thinking but this sounds familiar, I’d say rather very familiar. Surely this type of music is overused and you hear it everywhere at the moment, so it could be that, but this sounds like “Closer” by the Chainsmokers. Nice voices and a good vibe really, but that’s not enough. The beat drop is rather disappointing and sounds like any other cheap song on the radio. Everything else is quite good and the female singer is sweet but that’s not enough for me and not enough for Eurovision.
In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 20 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 8.5.