Following the grand reveal of the seven acts competing in Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2022, it’s time to hear their songs one at a time. Our penultimate song comes from Tommi Läntinen. His entry, “Elämä kantaa mua”, has now been released into the world.
The song is composed by Leo Hakanen and Jere Marttila, while the lyrics are penned by Elli Haloo – they’re all members of the Finnish pop-rock band Haloo Helsinki!.
Tommi Läntinen – “Elämä kantaa mua”
“Elämä kantaa mua” (“Life carries me”) brings together old-school and next-gen rock.
The song talks about change, and specifically the courage needed to go through with that change. Läntinen states: “Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and make that leap, simply having faith that it will all work out. In many cases it does, when you just let go of the past and surrender to the future.”
Tommi Läntinen has been in the music business for over 40 years, performing in various groups before launching his solo career in 1994. However, it’s been over 10 years since he last released a full-length album. That will come to an end in February, with the release of Elämä kantaa mua – the title track of which is his UMK 2022 entry.
UMK 2022 song release schedule
The UMK 2022 songs are being revealed one every weekday starting from 13 January. They’re set to be released at 00:00 EET on the dates listed below:
Cyan Kicks – “Hurricane” (13 January) BESS – “Ram pam pam” (14 January) The Rasmus – “Jezebel” (17 January) Younghearted – “Sun numero” (18 January) Olivera – “Thank God I’m An Atheist” (19 January) Tommi Läntinen – “Elämä kantaa mua” (20 January)
- Isaac Sene – “Kuuma jäbä” (21 January)
UMK 2022 will take place on Saturday 26 February, starting at 20:00 CET / 21:00 EET.
The show will be held at the Logomo Arena in Turku, where the seven acts will perform their songs live for viewers at home and the jury.
What do you make of “Elämä kantaa mua”? Is Tommi Läntinen a contender to win UMK 2022? Sound off in the comments below!