Eurovision: Australia Decides is fast approaching with 70% of the competing artists confirmed and a few tracks already released. Courtney Act recently snatched wigs with the release “Fight For Love “. And today we know that it won’t be a walk in the park for that queen as electro-pop duo Electric Fields have come into the ring and given us a tease of their song ‘2000 and Whatever’. Game on.
The one-minute clip, released by SBS Australia, shows the group getting the party started on New Year’s Eve on stage at the Woodford Folk Festival. They premiered the song as the clock moved from 11:59 to midnight, ringing in a new year and a new sound that’s at once lively, energetic and now.
The thumping beat gets under your skin, and may nod to lead singer Zaachariaha Fielding’s Indigenous Australian roots. We’re hearing English in the song, but hope she’ll drop some Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara — a language of the Anangu people — in the bits we can’t yet hear.
The lucky crowd at Woodford Folk Festival brought in 2019 with the first live performance of Electric Fields Music's '2000 And Whatever'.#Eurovision #AusDecides
Posted by SBS Eurovision on Monday, December 31, 2018
As The Source News reports, band member Michael Ross wants the song to lift people up.
“It is a brooding and joyous track about getting over insecurities early in life because this generation is beautiful and has more at its finger tips than any other before,” he said. “We belong to a gigantic cosmos and this life is short.”
Not too much can be heard in the teaser except for the chorus with “Happy 2000 and whatever” seeming to loop. This suggests the song was made for 2019 and strives to give us futuristic vibes. Electric Fields serve modernity with a purpose, and we’re gagging for the whole track.
Australia’s debut national final
For Australia’s fifth participation in Eurovision, they have gone all out. Following Jessica Mauboy’s disastrous televote score, broadcaster SBS have brought in a new selection to give the people a vote….and perhaps to let them partly shoulder the burden if things don’t work out on the scoreboard. They’re doing it in style. Coastal city Gold Coast will host Eurovision: Australia Decides at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Entry rules were similar to the rules seen in most national finals across Europe, with songs not able to exceed three minutes. They must be original tracks and not have been made publicly available. Entry does, however, rule out the long-seen tradition of Swedish composers entering a foreign national final. Songwriters must hold Australian citizenship or be an Australian Permanent Resident.
The winning song/singer combination will be determined by a mix of a jury and TV audience, with the jury casting their votes from each singer’s rehearsal performance on February 8. Television audiences will get their vote during the national final broadcast on February 9.
So far both songs we have been blessed with hearing have an uptempo beat, so we’re expecting some ballads or slower tracks to be released soon. Either way, the quality is premium and Australia is absolutely killing it.