Over the last while, between national finals and the contest itself, we’ve all been a bit caught up with Euro-fever and the goings on in Vienna. This has been to the detriment of certain past stars who were silly enough to gift the world with new music at the height of ESC madness – when nobody was listening to them. But since we love all our Eurovision contestants equally (well most of them), we’ve gathered up some of the tracks which got lost amidst the melee. Listen and enjoy.
Marco Mengoni “Esseri Umani (Human Beings)”
Italy’s Marco Mengoni seems to have what every Eurovision star craves – commercial success and artistic integrity. The “L’essenziale” singer has yet to come up with a dud, and his latest track proves to be no exception. “Esseri Umani” is an understated ode to diversity. The beautifully shot video shows people of all shapes and sizes, colours and creeds, coming together as one. Uplifting but tinged with melancholy. The whole package packs an emotional, thought-provoking, punch. And did we mention the artistically justifiable nudity?
Loboda “Ne Nuzhno (I Do Not Need)”
Even without her hell machine, Ukraine’s Svetlana Loboda remains the queen of OTT wackiness. “I Do Not Need” may sound like your run-of-the-mill, anguish-ridden, break-up ballad but Loboda still manages to turn up the insanity levels. The video sees our “Anti-Crisis Girl” go from heartbroken misery on a forlorn cliff-top, to a sultry seductress on the bedroom floor. There’s murder, nudity, blood, and even creepy kids. You gotta love it! And the song is pretty good too.
No, unfortunately this isn’t a bizarre tribute to Eurovision’s first ever winner. But that doesn’t stop it from being the most brilliant thing you’ll hear all day. “L.Y.S.” or “Love Yourself” is a whole load of infectious, bubble-gum pop fun. Sprinkled with influences from 90s R&B to modern day K-pop, this is a wonderful gem. For the video, the “Stay” singer has recruited a whole host of Norwegian YouTubers to help channel the joie de vivre. Love yourself, love Tooji!
Nigar Jamal “Empathy for Khojaly: Broken Dreams”
We all know that even today, tensions remain high between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Over the years, atrocities have been inflicted by both nations, and now Nigar Jamal (or Nikki) has recorded a track to commemorate victims of the Khojaly massacre of 1992. Subtle this is not. The video shows explosions, fire, destruction and ammunition. While the track itself is punctuated with the sound of bullets. For the Armenian take on other conflicts in the region, listen to Sirusho’s latest single or Genealogy’s Eurovision entry.
The Makemakes “You Are Not Alone”
A dirty, sweaty, Dodo… on the run… in Mexico! This isn’t a fantasy but the plot of the Makemakes latest music video. Who knew they could actually be fun? “You Are Not Alone” sees the group return to their funkier, upbeat sound of previous hits and can most definitely be added to the large pile of Makemakes’ tracks that are better than “I Am Yours”. Definitely not a nul pointer.