Friday, 22 December 2017

Belarus 2018 - Cosmique - Can't Stop Drinkin' Wine

So after a couple of years of slightly uncharacteristic winners, and some great performances from sparse Scandi noir flavoured songs, we're going to be seeing a lot of the roomy, bleak and minimal in this season's selection, and this isn't a bad place to start.

Cosmique are a Russian act who've been nudging at the edges of the musical undergrowth for a few years now, but they've decided to have a go for Belarus this year and have thrown their dark and gentle hat into the ring to see how it'll fly. And we must confess, we're rather taken by it.

It ticks all the boxes for the kind of bleako we like. Edgy atmosphere, glacial beats, an unsettling androgynous voice, and the ability to freeze a glitterball at 25 paces. We fancy that this would sit very nicely in among the usual bombast of a Belarussian national final, and if the dear leader has been paying attention to the ongoing trends of the last couple of years when it comes for him to make his maths bending 'unofficial jury' score at the end of that long, long break after the televotes have come in, well, who knows what might happen. It won't get many takers among the great and good of superfandom, to be sure, but it would certainly mix things up a bit.

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