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post Feb 11 2021, 05:53 PM
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Sovarasma
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Welcome to Sovarasma, home of different sounds. Most of our music is indie/alternative, sometimes pop too. The country is named "Sovarasma", derived from "σοβαρός" (Greek) meaning "serious", and "ᾆσμα" (Ancient Greek/Latin) meaning "song". I hope you all enjoy the selection throughout the BJSC contests!

Capital city: Agerson (Etymology: "ager" (Latin) -- field; "sonus" (Latin) -- sound)
Language: Sounds (Sovarasmo)
Head of delegation: Aoede
President: Canola

Population: 12,000,000
GDP distribution: 70% music industry exports, 20% sound equipment, 10% minerals and raw materials
Currency: SoundByte
Religion: Apollic
People who believe in Apollic believe in the God Apollo. They believe music is transcendent and they obey in the fundamental laws laid out by Johann Sebastian Bach, who is a fervent Apollic believer.
Popular dish: Chicken soup
Chicken soup is a popular dish in the nation because it helps purify thoughts and allow Sovarasmans to enjoy and critique music.

Sovarasma was first founded on the Buzzjack planet by a group of militias from the north aiming to build a nation based on music and sounds. They successfully occupied a portion of the land in the north. Since then, they have been developing technology alongside music, when Snotra developed slipspace engine. The technology is further improved and Sovarasma is able to teleport themselves to another solar system. In another words, expect Sovarasma in other forum contests!

Entries:
BJSC 132: LANKS, Yorke - KING (DNQ - 30th place: 17 points)
BJSC 133: YONAKA - Seize The Power (DNQ - 23rd place: 49 points) TBO XIV SF: 40th place - 18 points
BJSC 134: Andreas Moss - Real Love (DNQ - 23rd place: 46 points)
BJSC 135: Promis3 - Future Funeral (14th place - 209 points, semi-final one: 10th place - 72 points)
BJFest 6: FLAVIA - Ripe (Andra Chansen)
BJSC 136: Matisse & Sadko ft. Alex Aris - Heal Me (Extended Mix) (18th place - 175 points, semi-final one: 8th place - 93 points)
BJSC 137: BATHSHEBA - Fighting for Your Love (DNQ - 25th place: 42 points)
BJSC 138: Giolģ & Assia - Bebe (DNQ - 26th place: 36 points)
BJSC 139: Party Favor, Elohim - Losing My Mind (31st place - 125 points, semi-final one: 16th place - 54 points)
BJSC 140: Tale Of Us, Pete Tong ft. Jules Buckley - Time (9th place - 219 points, semi-final two: 10th place - 62 points) Qualified to TBO XIV Final
BJSC Xmas 4: FLŲRE - Another year like that and we'd all be dead (8th place - 61 points)

BJSC 141: Helene Bųksle, Sindre Hotvedt - Vega (29th place - 119 points, semi-final two: 7th place - 76 points)
BJSC 142: SARAPATA ft. Jakub Zytecki - Fikus (21st place - 148 points, semi-final two: 11th place - 59 points)
Worldvision 6: Misty Terrace, Karma Euden Norbu, Akira Nair - Wild Flowers (24th place - 35 points)
BJSC 143: Eria - Mavka (37th place - 98 points, semi-final one: 15th place - 48 points)
Masquerade 3 (as Dobago): Prospa, KETTAMA - Close Your Eyes (3rd place - 206 points)
BJSC 144: Bloodywood - Aaj (12th place - 192 points, semi-final two: 3rd place - 96 points)
BJSC 145: Floating Points - Vocoder (26th place - 143 points, semi-final two: 16th place - 64 points)
Pride 3: Shamir - Cisgender (14th points - 47 points)
BJSC 146: Madison Rose - ICONIC (DNQ - 23rd place: 39 points)

Countries that got the max points in the final:
BJSC 132: Aelandor: Phil Lober - Alive
BJSC 133: Mulgracia: Primo The Alien - Do It Again
BJSC 134: FARC: Ane Brun - Take Hold Of Me
BJSC 135: Kylienips: YONAKA - Call Me a Saint
BJSC 136: POPHub: Emilie Adams - Monogamy
BJSC 137: Ultraviolenceland: MICHAELA - Tears in My Eyes
BJSC 138: East Rukahavian: Priyanka, Lemon - Come Through
BJSC 139: FARC: HAEVN - Throw Me A Line
BJSC 140: Hendinia: Ayesha Erotica - Literal Legend

BJSC 141: Terra Avium: Highasakite - Autopsy
BJSC 142: Aesthetica: Rźve - CTRL + ALT + DEL
BJSC 143: POPHub: ZIDA, Rat City - Deeper
BJSC 144: Hushkanukia: Moyka - Illusion
BJSC 145: Hendinia: emlyn - the AUDACITY
BJSC 146: St. Burbia: Ella Tiritiello - Say Something

Feel free to give feedback to entries and potential future entries on this thread!


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post Feb 11 2021, 06:27 PM
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A warm welcome from Dobago biggrin.gif Look forward to hearing your entries!
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post Feb 11 2021, 06:37 PM
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Welcome from Zanmatony! hi.gif
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Thanks for all the welcomes and leww for the compliment! <3
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post Feb 11 2021, 10:29 PM
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BJSC 132: LANKS, Yorke - KING

Sovarasma has chosen "KING" to represent the nation for the first time under this country name. I personally really like the instrumentation of this song. The synths have a special sounding and there are a lot of changes and variations with the use of synths. The best part of this song is how it builds up towards a strong ending with the hard-dropping bass concluding the chorus. I hope you love this song as much as I do!
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Greetings Sovarasma! hi.gif

Great to be in another music contest with you as I’ve enjoyed your output in the recent Pop Forum Song Contest and on various Club Bizarre contests too, and now I’m here to listen to this entry which I have on play now, and it’s definitely sending some vibes, quite mellow and laid back music and I am always up for a bit of Radiohead and I get Thom Yorke vibes from this (mostly his solo stuff), and that’s not a bad thing. smile.gif

Great effort and may your nation have a great contest! Sending love from Zanmatony! heart.gif
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Feb 14 2021, 10:57 PM) *
Greetings Sovarasma! hi.gif

Great to be in another music contest with you as I’ve enjoyed your output in the recent Pop Forum Song Contest and on various Club Bizarre contests too, and now I’m here to listen to this entry which I have on play now, and it’s definitely sending some vibes, quite mellow and laid back music and I am always up for a bit of Radiohead and I get Thom Yorke vibes from this (mostly his solo stuff), and that’s not a bad thing. smile.gif

Great effort and may your nation have a great contest! Sending love from Zanmatony! heart.gif

Thanks Zanmatony! Hopefully this song will do well! I have loads of potentials already for the next contest and I don't know if I should do it in a national selection format tongue.gif
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It was a big disappointment in the end however. sad.gif I really enjoyed this song and had it as the best song of 2020 but sadly it didn't appeal to a lot of people. sad.gif My huge thanks goes to Niceland for giving us 12 points, which is surely a recognition at least from someone! smile.gif

I'm pondering whether in the next edition I should go pop or once again indie/alternative. I am inclined to choosing the latter because I think this genre needs some representation in the contest.

Would anyone want a national selection for the next edition though? If so, I can list 3-4 entries here next Thursday, all in different styles, so that you guys can give some advice to help put Sovarasma to the finals! biggrin.gif
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On another note, here is the latest single of LANKS! It is a lot more stripped, while it retains the moody feeling. Great song there! biggrin.gif
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BJSC 133 potentials

Hello all! I know there is not a lot of interest in this but if you could spare some time in giving some advice to the following 4 potential entries, that'd be really great!



Marlhy - Good Die Young

Following Bre's advice to go pop without any regrets, this sounds to me like a "safe" pop song for BJSC? At least it has a memorable chorus, special instrumentation, with a hint of Ina Wroldsen's "Pale Horses". Marlhy wrote the song to bid farewell to the year of pain that is 2020, and welcome 2021 with hope that things will soon brighten up.



YONAKA - Seize the Power

This is an empowering song and I really love the rock element in this song. The drop in the second chorus is probably one of the hardest drops I've ever heard for a while. I love the instrumentation and the melody. YONAKA quoted the song to be "a new chapter for us" and wanted us "to get lost in a feeling of strength and empowerment when listening to this song."



Lilith Czar - King

This is another empowering song and it is more rock than the previous one. Once again there goes another memorable melody and the instrumentation is very strong throughout the song. The message of the song is even more important. Formerly Juliet Simms, she spent a lot of years discovering herself and Lilith Czar is her discovery, which represents "ultimate female strength and outspokenness and rebellion and going against the norm." King is her first statement under this new name, and it blends elements of pop and rock.



Jades Goudreault - nuh uh

Ending this selection is probably one of the catchiest songs recently. The chorus is memorable with a special vocal style, with an interesting combination of chord progression and instrumentation thereafter in the drop. It is very short but it packs a big punch.

I would appreciate some feedback and hopefully I can choose wisely which might bring Sovarasma their first ever qualification to the finals!
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Greetings Savarasma from Zanmatony!

I might have only just returned to BJSC, so might not have the best placed advice for what might qualify, but I have taken the time to listen to your four potentials here, and this was my thoughts;

Personally I felt that the strongest song of the four you posted was by Lilith Czar. I had not heard any of these songs beforehand, so all of this was an immediate first impression. I felt like what this song offered was bold, empowering and the sort of entry I could see in a final of BJSC. I can already imagine the types of countries that would get behind it and award it points provided they are in the same Semi final as you!

The song by Jades Goudreault was possibly the weakest of the selection for me, and I probably wouldn’t give it points, it just didn’t grab me as I was hoping it would. But that’s just me, someone else might find it catch like you did.

Marlhy was a nice discovery too, and one that I might give points to depending on what else was available in the Semi Final, but it sounded decent and ticked the box for a pop entry for sure.

And your last potential by YONAKA I feel would be better suited to a different contest like Unknown Pleasures.

Please note, this is all just the opinion of one person, please continue to receive more feedback before making your final decision! biggrin.gif
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YONAKA are bordering on being too well known for BJSC let alone Unknown Pleasures kink.gif (it's a quite good song but they have been sent enough times already so my vote based on that alone is anything but that xx)
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ooh that's the same Marlhy from React!
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Sovarasma has decided to send YONAKA!



After long and careful thoughts about deciding which song to send, thanks to feedback from awardinary and Bre, it is a super difficult to decision but I've decided to go for YONAKA which sounds unique and is structured unconventionally. Huge commiserations for the other 3 songs and I wish I could send more than 1 entry in an edition! tongue.gif

About YONAKA

Brighton-based band YONAKA is a four-piece band comprised of vocalist Theresa Jarvis, bassist Alex Crosby, drummer Rob Mason and guitarist George Werbrouck-Edwards. They formed in 2014 and were known for producing alternative rock. Their first album Don't Wait 'Til Tomorrow was released in 31 May 2019, reaching a peak of 38th position in the UK Official Albums Chart. They released several EPs prior.

About Seize The Power

Seize The Power was self-produced by YONAKA and it is the first single since their 2-year hiatus. They said that the song marks "a new chapter" for them and hoped that we would "get lost in a feeling of strength and empowerment when listening to this song". The song starts off with occasional strong bass beats and a piano, overlain by talking vocals from Theresa Jarvis. This is then followed by an intimate buildup from the singing vocals but then transcends into second verse with more instrumentation than the first verse this time round. The second buildup is stronger that leads to a climax and a big drop of instrumental at the end. I hope that you will enjoy this song as much as I do!
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Greetings again Sovarasma! hi.gif

So you went with YONAKA then! dry.gif I hope it can do well for you, I noticed we are in the same Semi Final, let’s hope we can each qualify with our entries! cheer.gif
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Mar 12 2021, 08:25 PM) *
Greetings again Sovarasma! hi.gif

So you went with YONAKA then! dry.gif I hope it can do well for you, I noticed we are in the same Semi Final, let’s hope we can each qualify with our entries! cheer.gif

Hey Zanmatony! I wish you good luck too and hopefully the choice doesn't backfire!
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Asking for feedback and proceeding to confirm the one that the people replying told you not to send

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Nonetheless, this is a good entry and I hope it'll do well for you, I just think we've kind of had our share of YONAKA entries now lel
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