It’s the holiday collaboration of the year — and one we never knew we needed. But now that Romanian star Roxen has teamed up with Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak on “Wonderland”, we’re not sure how we ever lived without it.
Roxen’s team say the story revolves around the “feelings she has experienced during this last period” — no doubt a reference to the ongoing pandemic that’s left so many of us stuck at home and feeling isolated. The opening lyrics hint at that, but also Roxen’s underlying sense of optimism.
“Alcohol and cigarettes seem to be my only friends,” she sings. “I lie awake ’til after five, thinking about all those crooked lies….and it gets hard to breathe and my tongue is tied, my broken dreams burst at the seams, somehow I still believe.”
Roxen’s “Wonderland” music video
In the music video she doesn’t just believe: She detaches herself from reality to create a “Wonderland” all her own. Her passport isn’t in her drawer, but between her ears as she embarks on a fantasy adventure in playful outfits — from sequinned parachute pants to frilly purple party dresses. Just as Alice had a rather trippy trip down that rabbit hole, Roxen creates a world where she can dance with melting disco balls, vogue as white bunnies fall from a purple sky and roll around in glittering silver snow. The wintery swerve on the disco aesthetic needs to become an annual tradition.
Rybak’s influence can be felt most clearly in the strings, which mesh smoothly with the tropical house undertone. They’re present but not overpowering, giving the electronic sound a warm, folksy feel.
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“I’m glad we’re finally seeing the clip for Wonderland,” Roxen said in a statement sent to Wiwibloggs. “It is one of my favorites. I found myself completely in the whole concept, this whole story is a part of me, of my universe and vibrates just like me. I would like both the song as well as the video to make you dream and take your thoughts to a fantastic world.”
Alexander Rybak isn’t the only Eurovision star connected with the song. “Wonderland” was co-produced by James Richard Newman — the same James Newman who was due to represent the UK at Eurovision 2020. As well as being a singer he is also an experienced songwriter and producer.
The song was written and composed by James Daniel Lewis, Chelcee Maria Grimes and Alexander Rybak and produced by James Richard Newman and Mădălin Roșioru. The video was directed by Raluca Netca, with Alex Chițu overseeing photography. The production was sealed, signed and delivered by Loops Production.
Are you loving Roxen’s take on a Christmas single? Do you love her dreamy tones in this as much as we do? Let us know in the comments box down below!