In Rotterdam, Vincent Bueno missed out on making the grand final with his Eurovision 2021 entry “Amen”. Now the Austrian singer-songwriter has released demos of “Parachute” and “Dumb Human Bias” — two songs he had written as potential Eurovision entries.

Vincent introduced the songs with a post on his Instagram. He explained, “These were my favorite demos amongst my own songs I’ve submitted last year. I wanted to release these songs not as singles but together as a mini EP, because I want to have closure with the projects I literally created for the Eurovision Song Contest.”

 

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The two songs are released as an EP titled DEMOS. And indeed, the tracks are demos — early recording of the tracks, not the final polished studio version that would have ended up if either had been selected as Austria’s entry for Eurovision 2021.

Vincent Bueno – “Parachute”

Track one is “Parachute”, a funky track with 80s influences and echoes of Justin Timberlake. The song also includes a pre-chorus that dips into a classic ballad style that is closer in style to Vincent’s Eurovision song “Amen”.

“Parachute” has uplifting lyrics, singing of a supportive long-term relationship. The main chorus hook includes the line “As long as I’m with you, I’m your parachute”.

The demo of “Parachute” is only 2:16, suggesting that if it had been selected for Eurovision, Vincent and his team would have expanded it into a longer version, closer to the three-minute mark.

Vincent Bueno – “Dumb Human Bias”

With “Dumb Human Bias”, Vincent brings out his edgier side. The song has a darker electronic feeling and Vicent delivers social commentary in the lyrics.

With the funky verses of the song, Vincent examines the world he lives in and the sort of ways people act. When the chorus comes, he isn’t holding back. Vincent sings: “I’m not here to rain on your party / But I came to spread no more violence / I just cannot take all this silence / This dumb human bias”.

The song also takes advantage of the Eurovision 2021 rule that allowed pre-recorded backing vocals. During one part, a deep electronic voice intones “Dumb human bias”.

The song is more of a dance track, including a pop-drop part. Perhaps Vincent felt that a more lyrical song like “Amen” would better show off his talents as a Eurovision entry.

Which Vincent Bueno song do you prefer?

What do you think? Would either of these songs have been better Eurovision picks for Vincent? Should more Eurovision artists release their demos?

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Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

DHB is definitely a bit more standout but I don’t like it more than “Amen”. I’m one of those who really thinks Vincent should’ve qualified anyway though.

Jake M
Jake M
2 months ago

Loving DHB i reckon the drop would have been staged well, qualifier and maybe similar to Israel

T.J.
T.J.
2 months ago

The problem begins with choosing an act who didn‘t even come close to win a national in the past. Any song by Vincent sounds like the one he had back then. What they have in common: they are forgotton as soon as they are over.

Last edited 2 months ago by T.J.
Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  T.J.

After Paenda I think ORF wanted to make sure they had someone who could nail the live performance and Vincent is a very good live performer because of his stage experience.

T.J.
T.J.
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

PAENDA would have easily sailed into the final with any other of her songs. Her stage presence was great.
Vincent may be a good singer and performer but he should once and for all accept that heks not a good songwriter.

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  T.J.

He didn’t write “Amen”.

T.J.
T.J.
2 months ago
Reply to  James

that‘s why it was the best option. we‘re talking of the songs he wrote and that were rejected in favor of Amen.

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

nah, I can see why they chose Amen

Eugenie
Eugenie
2 months ago

Lyrically, DHB is the best of his material. Musically, they’re the same level quality. And it’s not a compliment. Vocally, they’re the same level quality. And this time it’s a compliment. But I think it gonna be NQ anyway.

Alo
Alo
2 months ago

They would have been NQ too in my opinion.
Austria needs to send something with more indendity.

oriol99
oriol99
2 months ago

It would have ended the same way as Amen (or even worse :/ ) so for me he choose well, at least we had an excelent perfomance in Rotterdam

Last edited 2 months ago by oriol99
Jake
Jake
2 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks his 2020 entry was catchier and more memorable than 2021. I think the biggest downfall was how repetitive Amen was—which you can get away in a pop song but not a ballad. But his voice was stunning. He emotionally connected. And the staging was brilliant. I think if he went with something a little pop-ier and still had a moment to showcase his amazing vocals like in Destiny’s song—he would’ve qualified. He probably also has a bit of dance moves in him to give him a bit of MJ or Timberlake vibes. There… Read more »

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Completely agree! I’ve always loved Alive and thought that it was overlooked by the fandom. It had the potential to shine on the stage. I’m pretty sure he could’ve qualified with Alive.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

Yeah, I also think he could have had a chance to qualify with Alive last year, if he performs it well, but we’ll never know. Somebody should do an article comparing the 2020 songs with the places of the 2021 and speculate how they could have done better or worse if the 2020 contest hadn’t been cancelled

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

He wasn’t in a particular mood to do a follow-up similar to “Alive” because of stuff that affected his personal life, in due part from the pandemic. He had intentions to write himself a song for Eurovision but when the demo of “Amen” was presented to him, I guess the somber ballad-y tone matched with what he was feeling at the time.

Although I think he still had a hand there in its production since he has his own recording studio where could record his own songs for free. LoLz

Idksmth
Idksmth
2 months ago

No offense to Vincent but he just wasn’t destined to qualify. In 2020 he could’ve scraped through but with any of these it was impossible. Suprisingly “Amen” was the best choice, the descriptions make these songs seem better than they actually are.

Last edited 2 months ago by Idksmth
Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  Idksmth

2020 maybe, but he might’ve run up against the Czech Republic.

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago

I was about to say ‘dumb human bias’ is about a million times better than amen, and then the drop happened….

Balint
Balint
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Same! I was listening to it, and I thought ‘Hey, this could have qualified’, then the drop came, and I was just like ‘..no’