Review: Norway- Morland and Debrah Scarlett ‘A Monster Like Me’

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morland-debrahThe Norwegian entry for 2015 sees the Voice of Norway 2013 contestant Debrah Scarlett join forces with Morland, former front man of indie band Absent Elk. The pair literally serve us up a real slice of Gothic Pop with a dark banquet in their video which accompanies the song.

‘A Monster Like Me’ opens with that iconic line ‘Honey. I’m telling the truth. I did something terrible in my early youth’. This dark opener is built upon with the subsequent lyrics when Scarlett joins in with ‘Honey, what am I to you? I have pulled the trigger on this awful truth…’ It is very back and forth between the two singers as their unveil their dark past. It is very reminiscent of the 1996 song ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’ which saw Nick Cave team up with Kylie Minogue.

The Gothic theme is built on further with the video. A hipster Gothic banquet where by the hosts seem to have poisoned their guests for some reason or other, releasing their inner monsters. Food flies everywhere (think Travis’ video for ‘Sing’) while an elderly woman grits her teeth wildly at a sad hound at the foot of the table. Creepy twins, moustachioed men, and an Asian man with multiple ear piercings are the other guests.

The song is a moody, brooding piece with a real darkness to it. The pair work well together with Scarlett especially bringing a great vocal that reminded me a little bit of Rihanna. The song should place in the top ten in the final, but we want to know what you think? Is it one of your favourites? Then vote for it in our poll.

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