After a week of teasing, Israel’s Eden Alene has released the revamped version of “Set Me Free”, her song for Eurovision 2021.
Eden Alene’s releases “Set Me Free” revamp
Fundamentally, the overall composition and structure remains similar. However, there are some major changes that won’t go unnoticed.
The new version of “Set Me Free” has a darker, more bass-heavy sound when compared to the funky tones of the original track. This new sound provides a greater contrast between the music itself and Eden’s sweet vocal. She shows off the full extent of her vocal capacity, with flourishes and whistle tones throughout. If Eden can nail her notes on the night, this will surely impress the juries and help see her through to the grand final.
Fans have also noted that this whistle note is the highest note in Eurovision history. According to Eurovision 2014’s ‘Book Of Records’, the highest note thus far belongs to Maja Blagdan and “Sveta ljubav” (Croatia 1996), which has a Bb6 (incorrectly listed as Bb5). A higher note has not been sung on the Eurovision stage as of yet, by neither Elina Nechayeva in 2018 nor Kate Miller-Heidke in 2019, which makes Eden’s B6 note the new title holder.
As the song approaches its climax, there is a drum build-up before the final drop of the last chorus. This helps build momentum and makes the track feel more complete.
One of the biggest changes is that the key change in the final chorus has been removed completely. Fans heavily criticised this section of the song, deeming the modulation jarring and unnecessary. This change shows the songwriting team are actively listening to the feedback of Eurovision fans and critics.
The new music video was shot in the Design City complex. Directed by Nimrod Peled, Eurovision.tv explains that “it depicts a dormant universe in which everything is frozen in time. Eden awakens the world with music, filling her surroundings with colour, energy and human connection”.
“Set Me Free” — New Music Video
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Additional reporting from Oliver and Lauren.