Triana Park take me back a bit.
The reduced costs of digital video technology have created something of a level playing field when it comes to promoting these songs across Europe (and beyond). These videos, which are now all available on the official Eurovision website, illustrate how a bit of hard work and imagination has transformed the visual arts. Something that only a few fancy studios in the world would have been able to create during the heyday of this kind of music, is now available to anybody with access to broadband.
This Latvian video manages to combine something that looks like Latvian national costume with the kind of trippy pulsations that remind me of my student days. Some songs are written to try to win Eurovision. This is most certainly not one of them. This is just a song, or a dance track, that happens to be very popular in Latvia right now, that has been thrown in the hat just to see what happens. If Triana Park don’t win (and actually they won’t), it won’t dent their sense of purpose particularly. They will perform in Kiev to the best of their ability and people are free to listen in or not. They haven’t bet the farm on this I suspect.
Like all trippy trance records, there aren’t actually that many lyrics to choose from:
All I see is you, all I see,
All I see is you…
Where we draw the line?
Tell me babe,
where we draw the line?
Lines are drawn in the video all the time, and there is much playing with lines of singers with film itself referencing its origins with Muybridge’s juxtaposition of stills. It’s a techno-video that is interested in the origin of film, and likes to lay bare film’s artifice.
Iceland’s entry isn’t really a Eurovision song either:
Georgia’s offering is undoubtedly a bigger if not bolder initiative:
Frankly, I prefer Finland: