It has been a relatively bumpy ride for Poland at Eurovision 2019. Initially planning on a televised national selection, TVP abruptly changed their plans and opted to internally select girl group Tulia. The band were to release their entry at a later date and finally, that day has come. Entitled “Pali Sie (Fire of Love)”, Tulia will take to the stage to perform their song in the first semi-final on Tuesday 14 May. Let’s take a look at their entry.
“Pali Sie (Fire of Love)” — Tulia
Opening with a haunting chant of “fire, fire, fire of love”, Tulia set the tone quickly. The song opens in English before transitioning seamlessly into Polish. The majority of the song is in their mother tongue but it opens and closes in English and the harmonies are both loud and strongly integrated.
Complimenting the traditional sound, the girls of Tulia incorporate their signature traditional look in a monochrome music video. The video shows the girls getting ready for their show before performing in front of an audience. Simultaneously, some firefighters go out to a fire raging in the countryside but there is no extinguishing their blaze.
Who are Tulia?
Tulia are a vocal quartet — but not your typical girl group. Patrycja Nowicka, Dominika Siepka, Joanna Sinkiewicz and Tulia Biczak (whence the group takes its name) sing in the traditional Eastern European style of “white voice” folk music, but they add the twist of modern music production. Tulia first became known for their cover of iconic electronic group Depeche Mode’s song “Enjoy the Silence”. They have also covered Metallica’s rock ballad “Nothing Else Matters” in their own unique style.
Tulia was formed in early 2018 and in that short time they have gone from strength to strength. The group performed at the 2018 Fryderyk Awards (the Polish Grammys) along with popular singer Natalia Nykiel and jazz pianist Pianohooligan. While Tulia are yet to win a Fryderyk, their trophy cabinet is not empty. At the 2018 National Festival of Polish Song in Opole, Tulia won three awards including the prestigious Super Premiere award for their song “Jeszcze cię nie ma”.
This led to the group embarking on their first tour, where they played in front of jam-packed arenas. Tulia also picked up platinum certification for their debut self-titled record.
What do you think about Tulia’s entry for Eurovision 2019. Do you think that the all-female quartet will be able to improve upon Poland’s result from last year? Let us know down in the comment below.