Meet Eesti Laul 2016 participants Púr Múdd (1)
The 2016 edition of Eesti Laul continues this Saturday with the second semi-final. The fifth act to perform will be electronic duo Púr Múdd.
Púr Múdd is one of the newest bands on the Estonian music scene but they are wasting no time in making their presence known.
The duo consists of singer Joonas Alvre and instrumentalist Oliver Rõõmus who came together to collaborate on a song in October last year.
"We're really, really fresh," admitted Alvre.
The song was completed days before the submission deadline for Eesti Laul and the duo expressed genuine surprise and being among the twenty selected entries.
"We're kind of alternative, so we didn't think that we would be selected," recalled Alvre before continuing, "But we read something by a Polish blogger that described us by saying 'Eesti Laul is as alternative as ever,' so maybe Eesti Laul has always been this way."
After the completion of their Eesti Laul entry 'Meet Halfway', Púr Múdd set about getting ready to perform a live show in early January. This meant creating a whole catalogue of songs due to Rõõmus' aversion to performing covers.
"We have about eight songs now, so we feel like a real band," said Rõõmus.
The name Púr Múdd spawned from Alvre playing around with languages last year and emerged when he started talking about 'pure mud' in an absurd French accent. The name stuck with Alvre and when they began making music they felt it appropriate to describe their style.
"For us the name represents a thick and clean musical atmosphere," said Alvre.
The lyrics to Meet Halfway are deeply personal to Rõõmus who wrote them about his own life.
"It's maybe my life story. It's about a boy who has never seen his father and he wants to meet him," he said.
"The expression 'to meet halfway' means to find a compromise. So it's a cry to his father to try to come together, it's in a way a cry for love," added Alvre.
While Meet Halfway is very distinctly in the drum and bass genre, the band is adamant that this is not necessarily their trademark sound and plan to explore a variety of styles within electronic music.
"We're still searching for our sound, but Meet Halfway has this weird harmony to it, so that could be something that Púr Múdd does," said Alvre.
The band speaks highly of fellow Eesti Laul competitor Mick Pedaja and his song 'Seis', describing it as being "very soft and very powerful".
The main hope of the band is that people will get to know their name and know that they do quality work both musically and visually. To ensure this they have been collaborating on their Eesti Laul performance with London based Estonian choreographer Jüri Nael, working with him in the most Estonian of ways- over Skype.
"We're probably not going to Eurovision, but this is definitely going to give us experience as a band," Alvre said.
Púr Múdd's next plans include performing in a charity fundraiser for orphans before focusing on performing in Tallinn Music week. The duo also hope to release an album in the autumn.
Púr Múdd perform in the second semi-final on Saturday 20 February.