The Belgian band Hooverphonic was the first representative announced for Eurovision 2020. Today, they have released their song for Rotterdam, “Release me”. The song was released on the radio station MNM this morning and then at the headquarters of Flemish broadcaster VRT.
“Release me” is a song of the typical style that characterizes Hooverphonic, although trying to be commercial and with stringed instruments added. The song was written by band member Alex Callier and was also composed by Callier alongside Italian composer Luca Chiaravalli (producer and one of the composers of Italy's Eurovision 2017 entry "Occidentali's Karma"). "The song is about saying goodbye. I wrote it when my father was terminally ill, but 'Release Me' has a universal theme: everyone has to deal with saying goodbye at one point in life, to a friend, family or lover", explained Alex Callier.
Hooverphonic premiered the official music video on a press conference this morning and it's already on the Eurovision Official Youtube Channel. The trio said about the video: "Director Matthias Lebeer has captured the song's essence in a poetic and stylistic fashion that matches his signature style and perfectly aligns with Hooverphonic's world. If we have learned one thing, it's that a song that's written from personal experience will be received well. As if the audience feels the authenticity".
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