It’s still a long wait until Eurovision season kicks back into gear again. So, here’s some new (and new-ish) music releases from past artists to help tide you over until the national finals kick off again next winter.
Kalomira “Mommy Loves You”
At Eurovision 2008 she sung of a “Secret Combination” which she insisted remain a mystery. But ten years later, Kalomira is no longer playing the tease. She’s now a married mother to three kids, and she wants to share her love for them with the whole world.
On “Mommy Loves You” – which landed in January – the American born Greek popstar opens with a spoken word message to her youngest child, her two-year-old daughter. But she’s also singing to her twin boys. “Rise high into the sky / Don’t let the world hold you back” she coos, “The world can be cruel sometimes”.
Gromee feat. Jesper Jenset “One Last Time”
He’s enjoyed major success featuring Swedes, including Mahan Moin and Lukas Meijer. But for his first post-Eurovision effort, Poland’s Gromee has looked slightly to the west and recruited a Norwegian – Jesper Jenset.
“Light Me Up” may have felt like a throwback to five or six years ago, but “One Last Time” is very 2018. The laidback sound fits perfectly into the current music landscape and would be right at home on countless streaming playlists. “If we could do it, just one last time / Nobody does it like you do” sings Jesper on the track which has already proven to be a top 20 hit in Poland.
Nina Kraljić “Lay You Down”
She dropped her debut album Samo shortly after her Eurovision 2016 stint. And in January, Nina Kraljić finally got around to releasing the second of the record’s three English-language tracks as a single – the first obviously being “Lighthouse”.
On the delicate piano ballad “Lay You Down”, Nina sings of a one sided love affair – “Oh, I’m on my own / When I lay us down, lay us down / Oh I’m on my own”. She’s tired of “All of your games / All the ruse”. It’s a deeply personal song, co-written by the Croatian star herself.
Moran Mazor “Tamid”
Earlier this month she unveiled, “Tamid” (Always). The Hebrew-language track starts off much like “Rak bishvilo” – slow and emotional. But as the formerly bespectacled songstress reaches the chorus, the track becomes laced with electronic beats. Could this be the first ballad to feature a pop drop?
In 2015, he and Debrah Scarlett grabbed Norway its third consecutive top ten spot with his self-penned “A Monster Like Me”. And last spring, Mørland almost returned to the contest as a songwriter with “Who We Are” finishing second behind Alexander Rybak at Melodi Grand Prix.
Away from the song contest circuit, the singer-songwriter released “Leo” in April. And just like Kalomira above, he’s basking in the warm glow of parenthood. For the song is dedicated to his young son. Mørland explains his motivation for releasing the sweet track:
“This is a song I had to write. At first I was going to keep it to myself as it’s so personal, but I decided to share it with you all. Many of you guys aren’t parents and won’t relate to it in the same way, but ultimately it’s a song about missing somebody more than anything – and not being aware of how much love you had for this person.”
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