Tallinn, calling! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues its deep dive into Eesti Laul 2017 — Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision. We now turn to Ariadne with her smooth tune “Feel Me Now”. Were we feeling her? Read on to find out!
Ariadne – “Feel Me Now”
“Feel Me Now” reviews
Steinunn: This is a great chill song for a cozy afternoon with a cup of coffee and a good book. For that it would get a 10. But as a potential Eurovision song it doesn’t quite reach the excited climax we’ve come to expect. I’m eager to see this live — maybe Ariadne will prove me wrong and I kind of hope that she does. Either way, it’s still one of my favourites of the year.
Bernardo: You know that song that is playing when you arrive at the mall? This is it. Ariadne’s “Feel Me Now” is great while browsing through new shirts and trousers. But her smooth, angelic vibe is just too loungy for Eurovision. It’s a no from me.
Robyn: It’s summer where I am and this is exactly the sort of music I want to listen to. I love its chilled-out feeling and the mix of 8-bit digital sounds with more traditional pop instrumentation. But (yes, it’s that classic Eesti Laul but) this isn’t quite right for Eurovision. Ariadne sounds a bit too chilled out and it’s hard to imagine this really commanding the stage in Kyiv.
William: Ariadne has a breathy, quietly powerful voice and the song seems to mix balladry and digital polka. The electro backing is at times very Super Mario Brothers (from the original Nintendo). But despite all that this doesn’t have a particularly memorable shape or melody. It just sort of plods along. She says “the feeling won’t stop” — but sadly for me it never started.
Chris: Ariadne’s vocals are incredibly enchanting, which really stands out against the somewhat sparse backing track. Ultimately, it almost feels too “chill-out” for me and particularly in a Eurovision context. At times, I wonder whether this is a demo track that’s accidentally been submitted in full. I’d also worry about how you’d stage this. It’s a nice song to listen to, but it’s not in this ESC context.
Natalie: I guess I like it. The production is very classy, calm and understated, and the simple lyrics and Ariadne’s beautiful, ethereal voice complement it well. The whole thing comes across as intelligent and self-assured, especially as the electro beat becomes stronger and more pulsating. But ultimately the song feels somewhat repressed and I’m just waiting for her to take it further. Maybe it will grow on me, but right now I’m just a little bit disappointed.
Luis: This song is cute, and it has a timeless feel which makes it quite likeable. Ariadne’s voice is sweet… and there’s little more to say. It does not make an instant impact, although I could have it on repeat for a while. Also, can anybody imagine how this song could have proper staging? I can only see either Ariadne standing alone doing her thing or disastrous choreography. Neither is particularly appealing.
Mikhail: I was feeling winter magic and the nostalgic sound of the xylophone — and then that weird electronic part spoiled my impression. But it’s still a good song to play while sipping your cocktail. Songs like this are usually not on my playlist, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.
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 2 and a high of 9.