If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. So it seems to have gone with Slovenia’s Zala & Gasper, who brought their intergalactic staging from EMA to Tel Aviv for their first rehearsal. The performance starts off largely in the dark with Zala singing almost in silhouette. She channels her powerful brand of fragility as she stares into Gasper’s eyes.
As the song progresses the starscape behind them comes into sharper focus. It goes on a journey from near darkness to something much brighter and purple — like the box of the iPhone XS Max or the desktop of a MacBook Pro. The most powerful portion is towards the end when the camera is angled up from the floor, so you see the pair and only stars. It’s as if they are floating in space and only have each other as an anchor. When Gasper eventually touches Zala’s stomach it’s a subtle but explosive climax to one of the most atmospheric songs of the year.
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