The 2016 season is slowly taking off, and we now know the first songs to compete for a place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The Italian broadcaster in Switzerland RSI have now revealed their three entries to compete in the Swiss preselection. Let’s have a look into them.
The songs are:
* Theo (Matteo Rossi) – “Because of You”
* Elias Bertini – “Elephant”
* Nathalie (Nathalie Cadlini) – “Share Love”
Since there will be hundreds of NF songs in the entire season, I naturally can’t concentrate on all of them. But these songs are the first ones we hear, and they may or may not give us a hint of what to expect musically and lyrically from Eurovision 2016. So I decided to offer them a word or two.
1. Theo – “Because of You”
The title naturally leads the thoughts to the Swedish 2013 entry “You”, performed by Robin Stjernberg. Musically, however, the two songs have very little in common. We are clearly in the singer/songwriter genre here: acoustic guitars and some relaxed, deep vocals. The song has a pleasant folksy feeling, and it builds slowly with small steps. There are only a few chords, and the key is in major. A contrasting section oddly appears at the end of the song, and it is a bit hard for me to decide whether it contributes positively to the song or if it is unnecessary.
The vocals sound strangely mechanical, containing almost no variation, and all the syllables are coming precisely on the beats. Not necessarily an advance in this genre. Moreover the melody is rather anonymous, and it may well drown.
2. Elias Bertini – “Elephant”
The song contains an interesting beat with some quite quirky details f.e. in the snare drum. The beat is taken in and out, adding some variation. There is something really fascinating about the music here, and it doesn’t resemble anything I have heard before. It does, however, seem a bit unfinished. The melody is not particularly strong, and I also think the track could improve production-wise. Should it win (I don’t think it will), there will be plenty of time for that.
All in all an interesting, but not flawless song.
PS: I had to look away from the video because the dancing made it hard for me to concentrate on the music.
3. Nathalie – “Share Love”
This one is a good example of a certain type of song that is very common in Eurovision nowadays and which I don’t really approve of. The lyrics are based on whole bunch of clichés about being together no matter who we are, what we look like etc. I would agree with these statements in real life, but looked upon as art there is absolutely nothing to get from it. It has been said before a thousand times (at least). Give it a twist of something, add some doubt to it.
Composition-wise it is very thin, and especially the melody is weak. However, Nathalie performs it OK vocally, and the chilly synthesizers have some kind of charm (though not really my taste). But the production seems a bit demo’ish.
It is clearly the most Eurovision-like of these three songs, and as such I think it is likely to be fighting for the Swiss spot in the contest. But I don’t really hope so.