Georgia will do what they want and you can’t stop them. Here’s what they’re up to this year.
Iriao have awesome eyewear, first of all. Second of all, they perform a traditional Georgian polyphonic music called krimanchuli combined with jazz elements. They were founded in 2013 by David Malazonia, who has had a long career in Georgia writing theater and film music. He wrote “For You” with Iriao vocalist Mikheil Javakhishvili and Georgian lyricist Irina Sanikidze.
“For You” is smooth jazzy with some gentle hints of electronica, some symphonic orchestrations, and the polyphonic singing that reminds us of a bit of klapa and and a bit of alpine yodeling. It’s sort of like Georgia looked at The Shin’s entry back in 2014 and thought, “The problem was it was too commercial.”
Obviously, Georgia isn’t too worried about being accessible this year and are sending a song that represents the country’s culture. That’s fine, even if it means that the result does not resemble a typical Eurovision song by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just that “For You” may be better suited as the theme song to the Georgian remake of the movie Somewhere In Time. Or better it yet, it could be the new Georgian national anthem. Not to dis the actual Georgian national anthem, but this is better.