She’s the Moldovan queen who brought the sweetness to Rotterdam, earning a solid 13th place for the Eastern European nation at Eurovision 2021. Now, fresh from her sugar rush, Natalia Gordienko has reunited with The Dream Team to lay down more killer beats on the new single “High Heels”.
“High Heels” was produced and composed by Dimitris Kontopoulous with lyrics by Sharon Vaughn. These are names familiar to every Eurovision fan. As well as Natalia’s previous entries “Prison” and “Sugar”, they also worked together on Sergey Lazarev’s “Scream” and Stefania’s “Last Dance”. Greek maestro Kontopoulous is known for his intense bangers, and “High Heels” is no exception.
Natalia Gordienko – “High Heels”
While “Sugar” was more cheeky and playful, “High Heels” has a darker, sultrier tone aided by much more aggressive production. Deep house beats thrust their way through the chorus overcut by a swirling electronic production, while Natalia’s sensual vocals complete the mood. All that time working with the Dream Team has really paid off in creating slick pop bangers!
Lyrically, the song is dripping with confidence. The first verse has Natalia singing about her intense self-assurance and belief: “Let me break right through the clouds, on a sweet trapeze, push me to the edge, with no safety net”. This theme continues through to the chorus, where she sings about how much her partner depends on her: “This is easy, cause you need me”. In this, she uses her beloved footwear as a metaphor for her power: “These high heels feel like I’m flying”.
We saw Natalia’s love for vertiginous shoes both times she took to the Eurovision stage. For “Loca” in 2006 she danced across the stage in her golden heels, while in 2021 entry “Sugar”, she wore silver heels to match her dazzling dress. In this new song, she goes full Imelda Marcos. The “High Heels” are the centre of her power, and she’s going to use them. “Maybe far as the stars if our universe keeps growing”!
The music video, directed by Konstantin Gordienko, is a showcase of fashion and feminine power. Natalia models an entire fortune of clothes and shoes before ascending to the stage in a pink princess ballgown to finish the last chorus. She also drives around in a massive truck like the true queen she is. And in case you think she’s shaken him off, Philipp Kirkorov still makes an appearance. Yay.
Natalia Gordienko after Eurovision 2021
Since her second (or arguably third) bite at the Eurovision apple, Natalia hasn’t slowed down. Less than a month afterwards, she announced on her Instagram that she was performing in Romania and recording new songs in Moscow. But despite all that, she also had time to attend the fiftieth birthday of music icon Kristina Orbakaitė and, of course, be a devoted mother to her adorable son Christian.
Last month, Natalia returned to her roots and attended the New Wave Festival in Sochi. She won the New Wave Festival way back in 2007 and remarked on how it helped her achieve her musical dreams.
Natalia will forever be an icon of Eurovision as well as a strong working mother, and we’re sure this won’t be the last we hear from her!
What do you think of “High Heels”? What do you hope for next from Natalia Gordienko? What’s your favourite thing about stilettos? Let us know below!