Tribal, traditional, ethnic, dark — Bulgaria is giving us flashes of it all. And during their first rehearsal it all came together in an atmospheric piece of dark art. In that darkness there’s a lot to cling on to: strong voices, on-point harmonies, a memorable instrumental and plenty of presence.
Trey Campbell kicks off the performance mostly in darkness. His face flashes onto the camera as he introduces us to the intoxicating sound of the song. Producers experimented with a variety of camera cuts, angles and on-screen effects to introduce the other artists — from split screens (that reminded us of Georgia’s “Midnight Gold”) to an effect wear the screen wipes away with a black ink effect, they’re trying a lot. It didn’t always work. In my mind the strong costumes, which remain true to pre-existing branding and promo, create strong enough visuals without the various cuts, which at time seem to be too much. But, as with Kristian Kostov last year, they will tweak and refine in the days ahead.
The performance, which sees the group standing on a glass platform, comes with lots of fog and smoke. At times the group appears to be standing on clouds. Green accent lights give this added mystery, while white strobes add drama. There’s a lot to take in, but it feels cohesive indeed.
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