Czechia – Friend of a Friend

Guys, guys, guys

I cannot stop listening to this song.

How did Lake Malawi manage to crystallize three minutes of pure 80s synth-pop nostalgia into this absolute joy of a song?

I mean, I’ve listened to their other stuff, and it’s good, but it’s not THIS good.

Let’s break down why this song is so great:

Fluffy haired lead singer: Look, this isn’t normally a requirement for a good song, but I am sensing a trend this year, where the absolute bangers we’ve seen (La Venda, this) are sung by people with fluffy hair. Look, I know it’s only two data points, but let’s go with it, okay?
2. That British accent – ever since I heard this song, at least five times a day, I will say: ‘She was my neighbour/when we were thirteen/she moved back in’ in my worst Michael Caine accent. I don’t know where the Czech lead singer of Lake Malawi got that exaggerated cockney voice, but I am 100% here for it.
3. That other spoken bit – Americans have made it into Eurovision. I don’t care if it’s a computerized voice, like Siri or Alexa. I finally have a part in a Eurovision song that I would be absolutely perfect to perform – standing front of a mic saying, “I’m only your friend.”
4. The synth chimes – Man, I had forgotten the sweeping synth chime effect, and it is utilized to great effect here.
5. The fact that it bangs – There are so many songs in the contest this year that do not allow for actual dancing. This is not one of them. I could slip this into the playlist of an 80s night at a club and no one would blink an eye (except to say, ‘Wow, this is a banger!’

I don’t know if this is going to win over the more traditional ballad. I don’t know if this song is any good live. All I know is that I absolutely love it and if I have a playlist of this and La Venda and nothing else out of 2019, it’s still been a good year.

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