Musical Discovery: ‘Fire in the Rain’ by Måns Zelmerlöw

Eurovision was just over a month ago, but the night of parody, Justin Timberlake and the odd bit of unavoidable politics is yet to be forgotten. In amongst what was arguably the best Eurovision Song Contest so far (in terms of Sweden being excellent hosts), we heard the new song from last year’s winner, Måns Zelmerlöw – who won in 2015 with Heroes – called Fire in the Rain.

As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of Justin Timberlake, his performance of Can’t Stop the Feeling didn’t make a big impression on me – until a month later where I can’t stop listening to it. However, the bigger ear worm came when Måns performed this track. With a soft, mellow introduction from the piano, you could tell that it’s a more relaxing song compared to the fast-paced, edgy feel of Heroes.

Much like his winning song, the verses contain almost country-like guitar riffs. Yet, whilst the transition from country to drum-and-bass in Heroes wasn’t so smooth, Fire in the Rain‘s upbeat, bouncy chorus fits in perfectly with the verses. The melody is catchy and memorable, and Måns’ vocals are mostly soft, with the odd moment of soul adding to the song’s vibrant nature. Even the lyrics create a feel-good atmosphere upon listening to it.

Whilst most singers who have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest are quickly forgotten, Heroes has become a well-known track in the competition. Now, as Måns returns with Fire in the Rain, it’s likely that he won’t be yet another one-hit wonder, and that we’ll be hearing a lot from him in the future.

What do you think of Fire in the Rain? Is it better than Heroes? Comment below!

Liam

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