Eesti Laul Rundown 2: Brigita Murutaar and Nion

16 year-old Brigita Murutar's song "Laule täis taevakaar" (view here - external link) had me floating in a kind of reverie, remembering '90s and 2000s jingly-jangly nerd-indie bands like Belle & Sebastian, and The Thrills. Perhaps it was a rush of good memories that made me love this song as much as I did, perhaps it was the way the guitarist tries to ambush Brigita during the impossible jaunty solo, or maybe it is just that Brigita Murutaar looks winningly like a younger sister of my blogging hero Helene Vetik. Probably a combination of those factors. But anyway, this deserves to go a long, long way in Eesti Laul. My new favourite to win? Maybe; there are a lot of songs still to be unveiled, though, so I'm still making my mind up.

Photo: Jaanar Nikker, taken from Brigita Murutaar's Facebook fan page

Photo: Jaanar Nikker, taken from Brigita Murutaar's Facebook fan page

Nion's song "Muud Pole Vaja" has a really sexy, aggressive, glam-rock kick to it. It's assisted (although in a rather understated way - I can't hear her percussion on the recording) by Hele-Riin Uib, one half of the talented percussion duo DrumAttack who have been adding to the sound of the likes of Koit Toome, Teele Viira and Tuuli Rand, and many more. I'm susceptible to anything with the thrum of a Korg synth driving it. It is danceable, but it isn't musically a step forward (in fact, see below, it seems like a bit of a step backwards), and that might ultimately help or hinder the song, bearing in mind the musical conservatism of much of the expert voting panel. I'm also disappointed there isn't more of a DrumAttack-style verve to the song, which I'd expected when I saw Hele-Riin was involved.

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