Published on May 19th, 2020 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
NETTA – Cuckoo @NettaBarzilai
Global quirk-pop master and Eurovision champ (2018 with “Toy”) Netta is back with her new song “Cuckoo”, a devastating heartbreaker of a ballad that feels eerily poignant given the state of the world currently. The song debuted as a part of Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light which aired in 46 countries and included a touching video of Netta performing the track with a custom-made music box. Also released today on DSPs is the official studio recording “Cuckoo”, which will also appear on the forthcoming EP, out this summer via S-Curve Records/BMG.
A noticeably somber shift for the Israeli artist, composer, songwriter who has made a name for herself (and notched over 1 billion streams globally!) for her bombastic, colorful and high-adrenaline pop, “Cuckoo” is a soulful ballad about feeling self-awarely stuck in a stalled relationship.
Whether over heartbreak or feeling emotionally disconnected during this current pandemic, the choral refrain is melancholic brilliance: “I’m like a bird in a cage and I’m going cuckoo”.
“This song was written about the feeling of being stuck in a loop, that you don’t know if you created yourself or someone else built for you. We decided to recreate this feeling with a music box. We worked over three months to build a custom-made music box, which was very tricky because it’s an instrument that was manufactured by hand back in the 16th century. I’ve had this image stuck in my mind for a long time – a ballerina stuck inside a jewelry box, spinning around forever in a loop. Just like I’m afraid I might be,” said Netta. “Cuckoo is my confession. It reveals a vulnerable side of me, which I’ve never let anyone see before. I am in a place where everything happened to me really fast, and I can’t help but doubt.”
Listen to Netta on Switched On Pop earlier this week discussing her personal journey as an artist and what it takes to make the perfect Eurovision song. She also recently was spotlighted by BUST who called her the “soulful singer creating escapist videos you didn’t know you needed” and Hey Alma who praised her as a “role model”. She will also be Facebook’s “Artist Of The Day” on May 18th.