Sveiki Lietuva! Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has travelled to Lithuania to listen to their entry for Eurovision 2017. Fusedmarc are hoping to give Lithuania their first Eurovision win with “Rain of Revolution”. But are we ready to stand beside them for this revolution? Read our review!
Fusedmarc – “Rain of Revolution”
Fusedmarc is known for their experimental music style and has won many awards in their home country. The band consists of singer Cilia and multi-instrumentalist Vakx. Lithuania’s national selection went on for over two months and Fusedmarc won the final by being the favourite of both televoters and the jury.
“Rain of Revolution” reviews
Jordi: Energy, power and electrifying rhythms are characterising raindrops from Lithuania’s “Rain of Revolution”. It’s not a bad song and the first notes of Fusedmarc’s tune introduce an interesting trumpet instrumental. Everything about this song is a pretty messy and dated 80s throwback. But her voice is impressive, and she definitely has attitude in the stage. Could be better, but it’s interesting to be considered.
William: If this is the theme of this revolution, I’m going to support the status quo. The song is a dated mess consisting of a series of “yeahs” and next to no melody. Not even the most competent performer — and I think Viktoria is very competent — could save this. I’m giving it a two — one point for the singer’s undeniable sass and swagger, and the other for the LED floor, which creates a stunning whirlpool effect. Now pass the ibuprofen.
Chris: Whilst it’s obviously overwhelmed by many other songs in the competition, there’s some odd charm to “Rain of Revolution”. It’s deceptively catchy, for a start. Cilia’s over-exaggerated performance is fun to watch and it’s clear that there’s been some real thought put in to the staging. Maybe the staging came before the song, though, which just lacks any relevance to a song contest in 2017.
Angus: Lithuania’s Eurovision entires oscillate between catchy and crazy, and with two catchy years behind us we were well over due for a doze of crazy. And this is one revolution you want to get swept up in. The beats are funky, the vocal sounds like a witch doctor placing a curse on you and it’s hard not to be taken in by the hypnotic melody. If you’re looking for class you’re out on your ass with this one. But if you want some classic crazy fun, this is the kind of Eastern European funk you need to get down to.
Luis: The thing about Lithuania is that the song itself is not bad at all, but seriously, was there any need of shouting like an animal at a slaughterhouse? Seriously, this woman gave me a headache. Also, what’s that cheap overproduction? I feel like they were just playing random instruments in the back. The LED is cool, but there are moments when it’s totally epileptic. Everything related to this entry is so excessive. “Rain of Revolution” leaves me mentally exhausted. I need an aspirin.
Deban: The band’s name and song title allude to high expectations. Unfortunately, there is nothing revolutionary about an EDM beat sprinkled with bizarre off-key vocals. The random screaming which accounts for much of the bridge is probably something we won’t get to hear in the final.
Robyn: “Rain of Revolution” isn’t a bad song. It has some great pop hooks and a dynamic structure — a solid base. Unfortunately there’s not much else to like. The song seems written for someone with a big, rich soul voice (imagine Aminata), the total opposite of Cilia’s light pop tones. The song’s production sounds so cheap, the sort of thing that was churned out in the late 1980s when synthesisers were cool and new. My score is for the song alone — everything else is just isn’t good enough.
George: It took me a couple of seconds to actually realise she was singing in English. That song just doesn’t work for me. It’s trying to be “revolutionary” but the only thing it manages is hurt my ears. At several points, I feel like the vocals are completely out of spot and the whole thing just sound too messy to me. Sorry Lithuania, but I can’t see you in the final with that.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight 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 1 and a high of 7.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 3.31/10
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