Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — spent three hours wandering around the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik. While we learned about the history of Iceland — volcanic eruptions, Viking explorers and Björk, oh my! — we decided to review “Is This Love?”, Daði Freyr Pétursson’s entry for Söngvakeppnin 2017. Is it love? Read on to find out…
Daði Freyr Pétursson – “Is This Love?”
About Daði Freyr Pétursson
Daði Freyr Pétursson is relatively unknown in Iceland, and is a newcomer to Söngvakeppnin. His entry “Is This Love?” is a self-penned synthpop number.
“Is This Love?” reviews
Robyn: This just isn’t working. Daði has light folky vocals, an odd mix with the intense house beats of the song. The song is very repetitive and soon becomes boring to listen to. But most importantly, the singer doesn’t sound at all thrilled that he might actually be falling in love.
Jason: “Is This Love?” is really quite odd, but I like how different this is to anything else in the selection. The techno beats shouldn’t work with Daði’s vocals, but for me the combination is strangely appealing. However, I am not sure how this will come across live, and with some other very strong entries, I have a feeling we won’t be seeing Daði in Kyiv.
Chris: Opening your song with “this is awkward” is never a great sign, right? This is like an awkward teen nerd love letter put to a bad house beat. At least in the Icelandic version, the lyrics don’t confuse me. Yet Daði’s vocal remains off-kilter to the rest of the song. It’s just weak.
William: It’s not love, and the feeling he’s trying to describe is called boredom. I love his ambition to serve some funky Nordic electro lounge realness. But unfortunately this grows tired very fast and at various points it’s like he’s slipped into 70s discotheque. It’s great that he’s avoided the Icelandic trap of being a woman screaming or a folk singer strumming. But this is bland in its own way.
Bernardo: My mother always told me: if you have nothing good to say about something, just shut up and smile. I’m straining to smile now. There is zero fit between the singer and the song, and the instrumental is quite annoying. The worst in this semi-final. What a mess.
Patrick: There is something really annoying about Daði’s voice that makes me not like this song whatsoever. It sounds like very old fashioned electro pop, and would likely do miserably at Eurovision. The lyrics come off as rather cheap, but I guess they fit the song. He asks if this is love….certainly not from me. Next!
Antranig: While some of the electronic beats of “Is This Love?” are quite infectious, they drown out the vocals. This is not a match between singer and song — the song overpowers him and his vocals sound like a last minute addition. I don’t think Daði’s vocals are bad but the song doesn’t allow them to shine. Unfortunately, the problem exists in both languages.
Luis: Daði speaks about an awkward first encounter with his lover, and he actually manages to physically transmit his awkwardness through his song. I mean, it was his purpose I guess, but who on Earth wants to transmit awkwardness? An awkward person I suppose. Anyway, his self-reflection is going nowhere, just like this song.
In our Söngvakeppnin 2017 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 0 and a high of 8.5.