The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to listen to and rank the 20 songs competing in Eesti Laul 2018. Next is Metsakutsu with “Koplifornia”. Did we want to take a journey into their world? Read on to find out!
Metsakutsu – “Koplifornia”
Antranig: This is a song that has me quite conflicted. On one hand I appreciate the beat and the vocals but on the other hand I am confused as to what is going on. This is definitely a good entry, though it is times like this I wish I spoke Estonian. I think this is a song that Eesti Laul needed to have as it adds a lot of variety to the field. However, despite the many strengths, I don’t see this making much of a splash in the competition.
Chris: Aggressive Estonian language rap… that kind of works? There’s a good beat here, and whilst the lyrics are mostly unintelligible, there’s enough flow in them that it’s still enjoyable. That being said, after three minutes, you’re kind of ready for the song to be over. This could be much worse, though.
Deban: Underneath the noisy rubble here, there lies a decent beat. The trouble here is that unless you understand Estonian, much of “Koplifornia” doesn’t translate into anything meaningful. The song title is equally puzzling.
Luis: We’ve heard this many times, just not in Estonian. It’s hard to review a hip-hop entry sung in a foreign language with voices full of vocoder and not seeing a live performance. This is a perfectly respectable song in their genre, however we need to see it live.
Robyn: Sometimes it’s just good to have a solid hip-hop track that makes you feel like a cool dude. To a non-Estonian speaker, it’s hard to know exactly what’s going on with the lyrics (and lyrics are such an important part of hip-hop), but musically it’s a wild ride. The studio version’s vocal effects can’t carry over into the live performance, which might kill a bit of the futuristic mystique. But let’s see what they deliver at the semi-final.
Steinunn: On paper, this weird mixture of dub-step, electronica and lazy rap should really be a disaster. But for some reason, there is something so very appealing about it. It is weird, it is confusing, it is marvellous. It was difficult to decide whether it was musical crap or a masterpiece. Conclusion: one loose marble from being a masterpiece.
In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 15 jurors but only room for 6 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 1.5 and a high of 8.