Pound the alarm and gather the family round the computer: Albania’s Eurovision 2021 star Anxhela Peristeri has revealed the “Karma” revamp and her official music video. In short, it’s a vast improvement. This is how you elevate!
As Albania knows better than most, revamps can squeeze the life and soul out of a Eurovision song and leave it looking like a shadow of its former self. With “Karma”, however, Anxhela has preserved the meaning and feeling of the original, but enhanced it through production that makes it feel more contemporary, more Albanian and more in-your-face. As she pulls the train into 2021, she’s blown off any and all dust. This “Karma” is sending out some very good vibes — and now it’s in position to receive the same from the universe.
The instrumentation feels more rich and layered throughout, replacing throwaway electric guitar sounds with stirring strings. Instrumental bridges capture the mystery and turmoil Anxhela faces in her three-minute journey, and she plays to the camera in a series of stunning looks.
Albania: Anxhela Peristeri shares “Karma” revamp and music video
The video is lavish. Never has a woman walking down the road in all white conjured so many feels. But most importantly, the video stays true to the lyrics, which capture a woman in crisis. In the dramatic ballad, Anxhela portrays someone who blames herself for her world falling apart.
The opening verse sees her describing herself as selfish and somewhat spoiled: “Life, as if a fairy tale, had spoiled me, High in the sky like a star I lived, Laughing like crazy when you groaned, Heartless, I only loved myself.”
By the time the chorus hits, she’s the star of her own tragedy and she’s left with nothing but dirty tears, apparently the colour of rust. “God does not forgive me, the world fell on me, I fled you, my friends fled, I have no light…tears collect in my hand, they are rusty…”
The video conveys this inner turmoil well with Anxhela appearing in two guises. There’s the Anxhela in white, who regrets her past. And there’s the Anxhela in red — the inner Angela — who remembers the past and all its glories. Every door she opens leads to another memory. In the end, the inner Anxhela meets the real Anxhela, as karma exacts its price.
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