After a busy few months preparing for their Eurovision debut, Slovenia’s Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl have finally had some time to relax back home in Slovenia. After achieving a respectable 15th place finish in Tel Aviv with their song “Sebi”, the duo has kept themselves active and haven’t let their momentum slip away post-contest. They are now going by the name zalagasper and have also released “Come to Me”as their first post-Eurovision single.

Their first major undertaking came in the form of a branding manoeuvre. The pair will no longer be professionally known by each of their full names but rather by the newly-crafted mononym “zalagasper“. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise since their former stage name “Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl” was a bit clunky and has proven to be difficult for non-Slovenian speakers to pronounce. In an interview with wiwibloggs in Tel Aviv, the duo hinted that a name change was on the horizon but said that it would be an unexpected choice. Combining each of their first names into one word is surely a clever branding choice, especially since their Instagram handle was already @zalagasper to begin with.

“Come to Me”— zalagasper

Zalagasper’s second order of business was to release their first post-Eurovision single. Their first English-language track “Come to Me” sticks to the same musical style as “Sebi”, with Zala singing all the lyrics in her distinct soft-spoken singing style. “Come to Me” is just as intimate and honest as zalagasper’s other tracks and also feels like a window into their everyday lives.

Despite the song’s intimate nature, zalagasper have managed to take a timeless, sentimental track about two lovers and turn it into something distinctly modern and radio-friendly. “Come to Me” utilises instrumentation and vocal techniques that are very much on the cutting edge of the 2019 indie music scene.

Just like in “Sebi”, Zala’s hushed and breathy vocals, which impressively straddle the line between singing and whispering, allow the song to subtly transition from easy-listening music to something distinctly memorable. “Come to Me” is a strong entry as zalagasper’s first post-Eurovision single.

“Come to Me” lyrics – zalagasper

Baby blue, our colours are all soft
Don’t you ever say they’re faded
Hit the snooze and hold me tight
Never let me catch the school bus

If home is where the heart is, you better come to me
First we’ll cuddle and then we’ll see, oh
If home is where the heart is, you better come to me
First we’ll cuddle and then we’ll see, oh

Touch my hips
Stay the way you are
Let us dance around all awkward
Brag with me, say my name
I wanna feel appreciated

If home is where the heart is, you better come to me
First we’ll cuddle and then we’ll see, oh
If home is where the heart is, you better come to me
First we’ll cuddle and then we’ll see, oh

I want the world to spin faster, then freeze the time when we’re together
Take my hoodie, take my tights off
Take it down a notch
Tell me all
Tell me all

If home is where the heart is, you better come to me
First we’ll cuddle and then we’ll see, oh
If home is where the heart is, you better come to me
First we’ll cuddle and then we’ll see, oh

What do you think of zalagasper and their first post-Eurovision single? Is “Come to Me” going to be your chill vibes track of the summer? Or are you still stuck on “Sebi”? Let us know in the comments below!

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ESCNerd
ESCNerd
1 year ago

I like it. Sebi style is their own genre.

gilad
gilad
1 year ago

I do like it but this is very similar to sebi

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

It was alright. Bit more of the same as their Eurovision song, which you either like or you really don’t.
Unfortunately, I heard Ari Olafsson’s new song (Too Good) today before this and it is….err…much better.

Pancake
Pancake
1 year ago

Even in English language, they still sound good. I love it.

Justice
Justice
1 year ago

That press conference answer was the best thing of Eurovision 2019. But in all honesty, that name change is a boring one, too. Still, their music rules.

FYROM
FYROM
1 year ago

No boring questions please

Africavision
Africavision
1 year ago

Guys, you have to check out this hilarious Eurovision 2019 parody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elgmTEt_4IA

Talentina Monetta
Talentina Monetta
1 year ago

Love it! I’ll add it to my playlist