“Release Me” — and release the first Finnish hopeful. Last week, we saw the reveal that the legendary Darude will represent Finland at Eurovision, after an internal selection by YLE.
As with last year, we’ll be getting the songs week by week. Tonight, the international DJ — who’ll be joined by Sebastian Rejman on vocals — has dropped the first Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu hopeful. The track is called “Release Me” and you can listen to it below!
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman — “Release Me”
The production here is rich — and the lyrics pack a punch too. This ain’t no love song y’all, as Sebastian pleads for his lover to let him go. “I don’t want to waste our precious time / ‘Cause we’re not getting any younger now” — that cuts deep!
But with the vocals Sebastian’s got on show here, we wouldn’t want him out of our lives either.
There’s moments where the track threatens to overshadow the vocals though, particularly towards the climax. Of course, we won’t know how that will come across live until UMK itself.
Visually there’s also a lot to feast on, and it’s great to see the effort being put in here too. Last year we saw the visual effort put in to Saara Aalto’s tracks, and the Finnish team haven’t let us down here either. Whether it’s a silk performer, or a cheeky reference to Darude’s “Sandstorm”, there’s always something going on.
Right now, it doesn’t feel like a Eurovision winner. There’s definitely positives in the track though, and it’s a good sign of what could be to come from this Finnish collaboration. We’re expecting great things from the next two tracks!
What do you think of Darude & Sebastian’s “Release Me”? Do you think that this could be the Finnish song for Eurovision 2019 straight away? Let us know all your thoughts down in the comments below!