Earlier in the Eurovision season, it was announced that Hooverphonic would be representing Belgium at Eurovision this year, with a song to be announced. That time has now come, and we can listen to their entry, Release Me.
The song was premiered on Belgian radio, with the music video to follow on the Eurovision YouTube channel. Commenting on the music video, the trio said, ‘Director Matthias Lebeer has captured the song’s essence in a poetic and stylistic fashion that matches his signature style and perfectly aligns with Hooverphonic’s world. If we have learned one thing, it’s that a song that’s written from personal experience will be received well. As if the audience feels the authenticity.”
The song was written by band member Alex Callier and was composed by Alex Callier and Italian composer Luca Chiaravalli, with the latter having composed other Hooverphonic songs, but also former Sanremo entries including Francesco Gabbani’s Sanremo and Eurovision entry, Occidentali’s Karma.
Alex Callier commented on the themes of the song, saying, “The song is about saying goodbye. I wrote it when my father was terminally ill, but ‘Release Me’ has a universal theme: everyone has to deal with saying goodbye at one point in life, to a friend, family or lover.”
Watch the music video below: