The Vine reviews ‘The Moon is Rising’ for Latvia

This is easily one of the most bizarre songs in this year’s contest, but that’s what makes it great. I love the almost ritualistic feel of this- Samanta’s powerful vocals leading up to an amazing drop where the instruments are the voices of her fellow woman. This song is very loud, and almost terrifying in how in-your-face it is. The song radiates sass throughout in its lyrics and brashness, and the bass in the drop is goosebump-inducing. I love the strings, adding a sense of theatricality to the song, and the song refuses to stay in one moment, twisting and turning all the way throughout to keep us on our toes as we listen. It does feel a little all over the place, and a bit shouty in places, however. I will admit to having no idea what the song is supposed to be about, but it is brilliantly unique and almost scary in how sassy it is. It’s unapologetically intense, and I am definitely impressed by it.

Prediction: This could go either way, both with juries and televotes. Yes, it’s bizarre, but Samanta’s vocals are sensational and could win people over. The song may go over people’s heads, however, given how left field it is. I really don’t know with this one. If it qualifies, I imagine it’ll get 18-22 in the final.

Photo credit: Arturs Martinovs

25. Sweden- Voices

26. United Kingdom- Embers

27. Romania- Amnesia

28. Ireland- Maps

29. Serbia- Loco Loco

30. Poland- The Ride

31. Greece- Last Dance

32. Australia- Technicolour

33. Germany- I Don’t Feel Hate

34. Albania- Karma

35. Austria- Amen

36. Slovenia- Amen

37. Georgia- You

38. Estonia- The Lucky One

39. Portugal- Love is on my Side

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