Norway: Carl Espen

Norway Carl Espen

 

 

Nine acts in the Melodi Grand Prix final became four for the Super-Final (man, they love to string out a competition), and eventually Carl Espen walked victorious with Silent Storm.

The 31-year old singer-songwriter once served for six months in Kosovo, but now he’s a carpenter, a volunteer for cancer research, a doorman at a rock bar by night – and a singer besides. Silent Storm is written by his cousin Josefin Winther, whose song No One made it to Melodi Grand Prix last year. Enough trivia, though. Norway have always had a mixed Eurovision bag – last year was a respectable fourth; the year before Tooji came in last place at the final. Silent Storm is hard stuff, for Eurovision, as Carl describes:

The song tries to describe this feeling that hits you when you have lived for a while, and you realize that you are not in the place you were hoping to be. That you haven’t found the place where you belong. Some people express their feeling, and some people keep them locked up in them selves. When you try to just live with them and to keep them locked up, it can perhaps feel as if you have a silent storm inside.

All Kinds of Everything: interview with @carl_espen


Babushki4 vs. Lordi4

WINNER: Lordi

That’s actually a difficult question, because I feel that both acts represent some of the same things. The ability to think outside the box, and say “Here’s something different. Here’s what we do! Like it or not.” I appreciate that quality in both acts, but genre wise I would choose Lordi, because they are closer to my personal preferences.

ABBA4 vs. Celine4

WINNER: Well, ABBA definitely.

I really love the song Waterloo. I’ve been singing it by myself with my guitar, and it’s just a brilliant song. Sorry for stating the obvious, but man, ABBA, could write good pop melodies and lyrics!

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

I do – I think most people in Norway do. If you’re a kid or an adult, you watch it at home eating your pizza or tacos (yes, that’s actually the most popular homemade dishes in Norway), and if you’re a young person, you’re most likely invited to a ESC theme party, where you take a shot every time a song modulates, or stuff like that. Also some of my closest friends, are Eurovision experts, so I sometimes join them, and get educated on the second place in 1986 or other kinds of insider knowledge.

Who do you think will win Eurovision 2014?

To be honest I don’t have a clue. I think so much depends on what we as artists manage to communicate during our three minutes. If the audience feel that this is genuine feelings, good stage show and solid song, they will vote. If we don’t manage to touch them, I don’t think they will vote. Regardless of who’s the favourite and not.

Which of this year’s acts would you most like to work with?

I think Finland‘s act is great, and it might have been fun to do something with them. I like rock music and songs with nerve, so our performance would probably end up with a fair share of rock energy, combined with good heartfelt lyrics and some beautiful vocal harmonies.

 


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No no, it’s not Ron Swanson (he’d never wear an earring except under the influence of Tammy 2). Or Duke Silver. Or Avery from Nashville, either. This is Carl Espen, who after a rural upbringing with lots of love for fishing has come to compete in Eurovision. And it’s a nice entry, too – a ballad that isn’t about lovesickness, delivered with simplicity. If anything, it could do with another verse to cancel out an abruptly-silenced ending. It’s poetic, I’ll give him that, and this talent deserves a good place in the final. Perhaps I was just enjoying Carl’s moustache too much to notice the song was coming to a close.

Time has come for [Carl] to show the people that he has a dream. And he feels that it’s now or never. He knows that to perform Silent Storm properly, he needs to be 100% present in the words he is singing, and really dare to show that he is still hoping that Someday I’ll Be Calm. (carlespen.com)

So…no pressure then.

Contagious rating: 8/10

 

 

Silent Storm

Head to toes
Flesh and bones
Should feel whole
But the void
A silent storm

I’m here to use my heart and my hands
Somehow the bruises changed my plans

And there’s silent storm inside me
Looking for a home
I hope that someone’s gonna find me
And say that I belong
I’ll wait forever and a lifetime
To find I’m not alone
There’s a silent storm inside me
Some day I’ll be calm

Ask myself
What comes next
Will I fly?
Will I fall?
My silent storm

I’m here to use my heart and my hands
Somehow the bruises changed my plans

And there’s silent storm inside me
Looking for a home
I hope that someone’s gonna find me
And say that I belong
I’ll wait forever and a lifetime
To find I’m not alone
There’s a silent storm inside me
Some day I’ll be calm

Courtesy of Carlespen.com