I’ve been watching the Eurovision Song Contest in some form or another since 2008, and Lithuania has always been an interesting nation to watch. Unlike some nations that always seem to send the same types of singers and songs, Lithuania seems to have broader taste. We’ve had everything from an acapella jam about being Eastern European (2010), straight-up disco (2012), and earnest acoustic duets (2015), and everything in between.
Last year’s entry, Danny Montell’s “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”, got them their second top-ten finish after it made it all the way to 9th in the points. After embracing a poppier sound with that song, it seems Lithuania’s tastes have turned once again to something a little more experimental:
I will give Fusedmarc this: they’re doing something different than most other contestants in this year’s Contest, and will certainly stand out for that. I’m just not sure I like it. And that’s interesting to say, because it has a lot of elements I like: there’s a processed nature to the horn synths they’re using that I tend to dig in ’80s pop music, and the whole thing has a nice bassline to it. But I can’t make heads or tails to what’s going on with the vocal line or lyrics, and I think that’s where it loses me.
The current schizophrenic stage presentation doesn’t really help things. It feels like seven different ideas are happening at once, and it doesn’t help me reconcile what they’re going for and if it’s succeeding. I think one way Lithuania can improve this before May is to hone things down and focus on one or two elements. Make the song stand out a little more and maybe I won’t get so mentally lost the next time around.