With Eurovision: Australia Decides just over one week away, the last three entrants to release their entries have dropped their tracks officially overnight, in preparation for performing on the Gold Coast on February 7 and 8.
Among the three final released songs include Didirri’s softly sung “Raw Stuff”, Montaigne’s haunting “Don’t Break Me” and Jaguar Jonze’s eclectic “Rabbit Hole”.
Didirri – “Raw Stuff”
Singer-songwriter Didirri has created a mood with his entry “Raw Stuff”, keeping it just as that. Emotional, simple and personal, he posted on his social media how “Raw Stuff” came to be:
“I wrote most of this song at a friend’s holiday house in Johanna. It’s a beautiful part of Victoria. I wrote lyrics in the windows, processing things very close to home. A few months later I felt the need to return there again so we set up in the house to record. I wanted to make something delicate and important to me”.
Speaking about what “Raw Stuff” means to him:
“Songwriting really helps me express things that I may otherwise be without words to explain. ‘Raw Stuff’ is one of those songs that just stood out when I was writing. Sometimes a song just speaks to me more than others. I wrote this song as a dedication to a dear person in my life. In performance, ‘Raw Stuff’ cuts close to the bone for me. It’s a difficult song to sing, both emotionally taxing and physically. It is a moment for reflection. I find now, I’m sharing this song for anyone else who is trying to process what’s happening in their life.”
Montaigne – “Don’t Break Me”
Indie-pop artist Montaigne has channelled her haunting vocals for her track “Don’t Break Me”, showcasing her artistic flair. With an element of melodrama in the lyrics, Montaigne has created a pop-friendly sound through strong production and simple, effective lyrics. It’s contemporary, relatable and reflective of Montaigne as a 24 year old navigating life and relationships.
Upon announcing her entry to Australia Decides, Montaigne said:
“I’m excited to participate in Eurovision – Australia Decides for the opportunity to release the part of me that is dramatic and extreme. I manage to do it without a massive international music event as impetus, but on the big stage in Europe in front of millions would be everything the drama queen egomaniac inside me could want and more.”
Jaguar Jonze – “Rabbit Hole”
Serving one of the most unique takes on music, breakthrough artist Jaguar Jonze’s “Rabbit Hole” is frenetic, jarring and out-there. “Rabbit Hole” wouldn’t sound out of place on any Tarantino film, and is born from a traumatic place in Jonze’s past, in dealing with her complex post-traumatic stress disorder:
“’Rabbit Hole’ is about exploring the intricacies of the defence mechanisms we unknowingly construct in our minds as we go through life’s inevitable adversities. It’s about the complicated relationship we have with trauma and the way we react in the face of it.”
The film clip, starring Jaguar on her own, is jarring and experimental in nature, with sharp cuts and a general unease symptomatic of Jaguar’s mental health muse. She brings awareness to her struggles, both proudly and artistically.
Upon her announcement into Australia Decides, Jaguar said:
“For me, Eurovision – Australia Decides is a massive opportunity to show Australia who I am as an artist and what I’m passionate about. The selected 10 artists are all so talented and I’d be so happy for any one of us to represent Australia in Eurovision. I think it shows the diverse pool of creativity and talent in this nation and I’m honoured to be a part of it.”
The three songs announced today complete the lineup for next year’s national selection. Other entrants include songs from Casey Donovan, Diana Rouvas, Mitch Tambo, iOTA, Jordan-Ravi and Jack Vidgen. Entrant Vanessa Amorosi recently slightly revamped her track, confirmed earlier this week titled “Lessons of Love”.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will take place next week on the Gold Coast on February 7 (preview show) and February 8 (Grand Final).
What do you think of Montaigne, Didirri, Jaguar Jonze’s entries to Eurovision this year? Let us know in the comments below.