“I need resurrection, resurrection’s all I need”, purrs Ira Losco on her latest single “Haunted By Love”. The Malta Eurovision 2002 star and 2016 hopeful is laying the foundations for one hell of a comeback!

Not that she ever really went away. In recent years we’ve sung along to “Dead Or Alive”, “Shouldn’t Have To Bother” and “Me Luv U Long Time”, while her 2013 album The Fire is still in the Maltese iTunes chart. However, it’s approaching 14 years since she last appeared before a mass European audience. That’s clearly something Ira hopes to change with her participation in Malta’s national selection. But before all that, she’s treated us to the first cut off her as yet unnamed fifth studio album.

ra Losco Haunted by love I Malta Eurovision

“Haunted By Love” is very much in keeping with the current pop landscape. Heavy on drum and bass, you could easily imagine it sitting on a Cheryl Fernandez-Versini or Rita Ora album. The pulsating beats draw you to the dancefloor, while lyrics give you pause for thought. She’s been kept down by the memory of a long-gone lover “I’m haunted by your love”, but she’s ready to move on “now I’m coming out of hiding”. Nevertheless, the closing verse suggests that while she may be over the relationship, she’ll never forget it. Draw parallels with her Eurovision career if you like, we certainly are.

The themes of progression and rebirth are reflected in the official music video. We see Ira being trained Rocky-style to become a champion fighter. The legendary Maltese boxer Bertu Camilleri makes a cameo as her mentor, putting her through her paces in advance of the big fight. The video ends with Ira entering the ring. She’s on the cusp of something great. Then it suddenly ends, leaving us with the ultimate cliffhanger.

Ira Losco “Haunted By Love” Official Video

The single looks set to maintain Ira’s hit rate, comfortably holding its own against her previous efforts. And it leaves us very excited for “That’s Why I Love You” and “Chameleon (Invincible)”, her two MESC 2016 entries. Would it be presumptuous to suggest that these are probably even better? Because, logically one would keep one’s best work for the contest… right? Gah! Losco, you have us on tenterhooks!

A Slice of Life with Ira Losco

Ira Losco – Haunted By Love Lyrics

Draw all the curtains
And don’t look at me
You are the one thing
The one thing I can’t be
And I listen to the voices
Spinning in my head
Buried deep inside
So I can never see you again

Finding my direction
And I’m trying to be strong
I need resurrection
Resurrection’s all I need
And I’ve given all my choices
A backseat in the end
While I’m sitting all alone
And it’s coming right round the bend

And Oh lord I’ll break
All the vows I’ve made
I’m Haunted by your love
Haunted by love
And Oh lord I’ve prayed
Every single day
I’m haunted by your love
Haunted by love
All I need
All I need
Ooh All I need
Ooh will I ever get there?
Am I ever gonna get there?

Happiness as seasons come
Seasons always change
I’m the only person
The person I can save
Now I’m coming out of hiding
There’s just one little thing
I ain’t happy in my tower
I don’t wanna be the King

Oh lord I’ll break
All the vows I’ve made
I’m Haunted by the love
Haunted by love
And Oh lord I’ve prayed
Every single day
haunted by the love
Haunted by love
All I need
All I need
Ooh All I need
Ooh will I ever get there?
Am I ever gonna get there?

All the vows I’ve made
I’ve been breaking
Every single day
I’m haunted by your love
Ooooooh Lord I pray I’ll get there
Every single day I know
Every single day
I’m haunted by your love
Every single day I’m haunted by your love
By your love
By your love

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Callum Nowacki
Callum Nowacki
5 years ago

Sounds like something Sigma would produce, which is very credible for Ira.

I just hope her two MESC songs are good. Imagine if they came 1st AND 2nd. XD

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
5 years ago

It would be great if she got picked and then won eurovision!

ESC
ESC
5 years ago

I wish to see Ira Losco in Eurovision for Malta 🙂