It was a surprise to many when broadcaster AVROTROS announced their entrant for Tel Aviv back in January. And now The Netherlands have kept the surprises coming by revealing “Arcade” — the stunning song that Duncan Lawrence will perform in May. The pared-back and emotional ballad will put the country in good stead as they compete in the second semi final on 16 May.
“Arcade” — Duncan Laurence
Visceral and somehow profound, “Arcade” hears Duncan discussing the “losing game” of love. Raw emotion flows from verse to chorus, and his pain is absolutely palpable. The song showcases Duncan’s undeniable vocal charms. His voice is strong yet carries vulnerability so well. It’s no wonders the bookies have placed this near the top.
The video sees a naked Duncan floating in water. It’s an eerie and gripping visual that lends itself to plenty of interpretation and which leans more artistic than provocative.
Duncan on “Arcade”
Speaking about the song, Duncan said: “During my studies at the Rockacademy I learned to address a big audience, without losing your own story. I went looking for stories that moved me and meant something to me or someone else. I found this inspiration in a story from a loved one that passed away at an early age. The song that developed is Arcade.”
“The words and chords just came to me, from the heart. With the help of Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy, we created a shared story: Arcade. Arcade is a story about the search for the love of your life. It’s about the hope to reach something that seems unreachable.”
“I wrote many other songs after I wrote Arcade, but Arcade felt like the heart and also like the start of the search of how I can reach other people with my songs. Of course I was always making music, for years even, but Arcade feels like the start of my career. I want to reach people with my music, and maybe help them or give them something. In the case of Arcade I have some advice for myself and I hope I created that for others as well. One lesson in life: you define your own happiness.”
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In the last couple of years I’ve had my ups and downs. Sometimes afraid to show how I truly felt, I posted a lot of photos of me being happy. But scrolling through old pics and looking into my own eyes, I realize that wasn’t always the case. Social media was one of the big factors which caused my anxiety, unhappiness, depressed moments. A couple of months ago I’ve started using it less, to see and feel what difference that would make. I must say, it feels DAMN good! Less posting, less stress. It’s as simple as that. Be aware of the impact social media can have on your mind. After all it’s not about the beautiful pics you see on your timeline, it’s about the real people who are behind them.
Duncan Laurence, real name is Duncan De Moor, previously took part in The Voice of Holland. Ilse de lange — who coached Duncan during the show — has already expressed her enthusiasm about him singing at Eurovision.
Ilse praised his song and stated that she wants to mentor Duncan during the Eurovision week. Whether or not she will join him in Tel Aviv remains unclear but with her positivity she’s kept us excited for weeks. And now we know that she was right by saying Duncan’s song is “going to be splendid”.
Duncan shared his thanks on social media earlier. “I’m absolutely honored to be representing The Netherlands during the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m currently so busy with all the preparations. All my focus is on the music, which is the most important thing, and that’s actually what it is all about.”
“Arcade” was written by Duncan himself. The selection committee was “blown away” immediately after they first listened to the song. In May we’ll find out if Duncan can blow away Europe too.
There were a lot of rumours in the lead up to the Dutch announcement about the candidate who will represent The Netherlands this year. This included Dutch superstar Eva Simons who later revealed she is really interested and already had some songs ready.
In the end Eva missed the submission period because she waited for broadcaster AVROTROS to ask her if she wanted to represent the country instead of calling them. Instead, the broadcaster selected Duncan Laurence as their representative for Tel Aviv.
What are your thoughts on “Arcade”? Do you like the song? Will The Netherlands be successful again in 2019? Let us know in the comments below.