For months mystery has surrounded Eurovision — Will Ferrell’s upcoming movie on Netflix. The casting of Demi Lovato last year raised hopes that the comedy would include some stellar music and powerhouse vocalists, much like the contest itself.
On Friday we got a taste of the music that’s in the pipeline with the release of “Volcano Man” — the first song from the album Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
The song — a duet between Will and a singer named My Marianne — tells the story of Volcano Man, who is cast as a heroic figure and guardian of love. The female vocalist awakes late at night and hears “floating chords” which guide her to “the highland fjords”. There, “above the clouds on a mountain peak,” he speaks to her “melting heart.”
It’s a tongue-in-cheek number that melds ethno-folk, breathy chanting and a bit of disco. These are elements you have likely heard at national selections in recent memory (and in past decades). But it’s not making fun of Eurovision. It’s in on the joke and celebrates the mix of genres and dramatics that keep Eurovision interesting. As Will sings, perhaps in a veiled love letter to the show, “I loooove youuu.”
Ding-a-dong podcast — whose tweet first alerted us to the song’s presence on Spotify — described it as a “bop”.
Surprise! The first song from the #eurovision Netflix film is out RIGHT NOW. And it is a BOP!!!
— Ding-a-Dong Podcast (@dingadongcast) May 14, 2020
It’s not clear if this song will be a competing entry in the movie, or whether it’s a rejected entry that Will’s character considered. Writing in the comments section of our Instagram post on the matter, the user perowian said: “Since this isn’t around 3 minutes long, maybe this is just a demo they made that didn’t make it to the main contest? Sounds like something they’d play in the credits though, like “Spider Pig” in The Simpson’s Movie.”
When is the Netflix Eurovision movie out?
Earlier this month entertainment site ET Canada reported that the film has been postponed because of the coronavirus. They didn’t elaborate on the specific reason why, but they seemed to have gleaned the information during or after a recent interview with one of the movie’s stars — Rachel McAdams.
As you’ll be well-aware by now, Rachel plays Sigrit Ericksdottir — an Icelandic singer who, alongside Lars Erickssong (played by Ferrell), chases her dreams at Eurovision.
She told ET that the Netflix cast and crew faced some major challenges while filming in Iceland — and not just because of the pandemic. Apparently there was major volcanic activity!
Thankfully they did finish their scenes in Iceland, which were shot in the fishing village of Husavik in the north of the country.
On Thursday evening, Will appeared in a brief video for the Icelandic broadcaster RUV as part of their show “Our 12 Points”. He had only kind words for Icelanders.
“We had such a wonderful time shooting there in your country,” he said. “You guys are lovely. What a beautiful place on Earth, what lovely people. What a beautiful town Husavik. We loved it.”
What do you think of the song? Are you adding it to your Spotify list? And what is “The Story of Fire Saga”? Shout out your theories below!