ALEKSEEV’s Eurovision 2018 track “Forever” has had several iterations in recent months. With an original Russian-language draft followed by an English translation followed by a further nip-and-tuck for the national final, “Forever” is starting to look like a cat with nine or so lives.
Well the reinvention continues. As plenty of Eurovision fans have pointed out, yet another version — presumably the final ahead of Eurovision — has been published on Spotify.
The opening bars of this latest iteration strip back the electro production, starting with soft piano accompaniment that almost sounds acoustic. Alekseev begins more gently and quietly, making us wait before giving us the thrust of the song.
From the one-minute mark the sound more or less returns to the earlier version, with the electro swells and bells we’ve come to love.
For some the edit may make the song feel less immediate. For others it will surely add a sense of dynamism that helps create a “journey” through the three minutes.
To that end, ALEKSEEV strips things back again before the bridge, turning down the backing to focus on his voice. The bridge itself has a more choral feel with other voices chiming in to create an echo effect.
He’s been singing this version of the song at live performances for several weeks now, as in this concert in Yekaterinburg on March 16.
As you can tell from the performance above, ALEKSEEV has grown in confidence and skill since the Belarusian national final.
Although he’s more exposed in the opening bars he seems far more comfortable with them. He’s more in-tune and more on-point, suggesting he could peak at just the right time when he hits the semi-final in May.
ALEKSEEV in ELLE MAN UKRAINE
The Ukrainian heartthrob hasn’t just been perfecting his track. He’s also been on a domestic media blitz, giving interviews to several well-established media outlets.
Elle Man Ukraine recently caught up with Nikita, and pulled out a few new insights.
ALEKSEEV’s motto? “The scene saved my life — if not for music, I would be an unhappy man.”
What brings him shame? “If my vocals are emotionless. Feeling is more important than singing.”
What does he consider wild? “The craziest act always takes place on the stage — it’s like jumping without a parachute, going into outer space: we can live a lifetime in just three minutes, and so again and again…”
What do you think of this latest version of the song? Are you happy that he’ll be singing this at Eurovision? Do you think it builds better now? Let us know down below.