Ahead of Heat Two of Pabandom Iš Naujo 2022, she’s released her entry “The Devil Lives in Spain”. It’s a sophisticated flamenco tune that brings a whole new sound to the table, as one should expect from the Lithuanian singer. And the title has got everyone talking.
We interviewed Cosmic Bride to get to know her — and her entry — a bit better.
Cosmic Bride “The Devil Lives In Spain” — Pabandom Iš Naujo 2022
“The Devil lives in Spain is a personal story”, she tells us, “which is inspired by an ancient Spanish myth about the Devil, who offered a deal to a young girl in exchange for her soul. ‘But before you go, surrender any hope of going home’, he warns. The story of the song explores the contradiction between following an all-consuming passion and the fear of losing oneself.”
“I have been interested in flamenco music for several years now, I even had the ambition to go to live in Spain to play music, but so far it remained an unfulfilled dream. Flamenco had almost become my secret religion, I was looking for ways I could express it. I turned to the power of the imagination and discovered this metaphor: the Devil lives in Spain. In search of a back up of my imagined narrative, I discovered an ancient myth about the devil from Segovia. According to folklore legend, a young girl tired of walking the steep streets of the city to fill her bucket of water every morning, agreed with the devil: in exchange for her soul, he would build an aqueduct. To me, it’s like a timeless story of contradictions that everyone experiences in their lives.”
A national final veteran, Cosmic Bride has an intriguing philosophy to creating a “Eurovision entry”. “For me, Eurovision is a platform where one can tell stories in the form of songs to a wide audience. It’s like a musical task — to create a 3-minute composition and to make Europe to fall in love with it”.
Some lyricists believe in trying to formulate an entry specific for the Eurovision audience. The Lithuanian, however, says that “in this case, I don’t believe in formulas; I sincerely believe in authenticity and the urge to share. I couldn’t resist and share my story again”.
Who is Cosmic Bride?
Cosmic Bride is the stage name of Natalia Kharetskaya, an experimental Lithuanian musician based in the Netherlands. She first participated in the Lithuanian selection in 2012, as a featured vocalist on “Blind” by Sound’s Engineers. In 2018, she went solo with “Serious”, then again under the new name in 2021 with “Solitary Star”. She became popular amongst amongst a small subsection of Eurovision fans on Twitter after her 2021 appearance. They call themselves Cosmic Bridesmaids.
Cosmic Bride fans should be called Cosmic Bridesmaids— jon ? (@jonzzinjected) January 24, 2021
The Baltic songstress explained her moniker. “The choice of a stage name was inspired by a quote of the world-famous composer Igor Stravinsky: ‘Music is the Bride of the Cosmos’; for he was who popularised Lithuanian traditional music worldwide. This name is a homage to Lithuania and a long-searched artistic concept, which explores my heritage.”
What do you think of “The Devil Lives in Spain”? Will we see Cosmic Bride wave the Lithuanian flag in Turin? Shout in the comment section below!