Summer is always the quiet period for Eurovision fans as we wait for national finals to start once again. Thankfully, the music will always continue and a number of Eurovision artists are still producing new songs for us to enjoy.
Contrary to the commonly perpetuated myth about the song contest killing careers, we’re always thrilled to report that singers associated with Eurovision are thriving.
Here is our latest weekly roundup with a selection of just some of the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2022 | Week 31
Duncan Laurence – “Electric Life”
“Every time I feel down or hesitate about something, I just simply turn on ELECTRIC LIFE. It proves to me, over and over again, that when you pour your heart and mind into something, you can achieve anything.” Dutch star Duncan Laurence is shaking up his musical style with the new single “Electric Life”. Moving away from the atmospheric ballads, the Eurovision 2019 champion brings in a brighter alternative rock sound for the chorus. Lyrically, Duncan sings about missing the presence of a special someone in his life: “You left in a second / Yeah, that was the only time the earth stood still / Velvet skies when I close my eyes / Free-falling into another space and time / I miss you and your electric life”.
Jonida Maliqi – “Hije”
When a music video opens with a grey overtone, it can be easy to assume that an emotional ballad is about to follow. However, whilst Jonida Maliqi does deliver her new single “Hije” (“Shadow”) with a slight sadness, the beat also kicks in and provides more life to proceedings.
Roxen – “Biggest Idiot”
Roxen is trying to escape a toxic relationship. Romania’s Eurovision 2021 star brands their partner the “Biggest Idiot” for all the pain they’ve caused: “I hate that you’re not with me / All I think about is you, all I think about is you / Oooh, but you’re toxic and I need to get free / I won’t lie, it feels so good / To say forever goodbye”. This message comes packaged up in a mid-tempo track with a post-chorus instrumental.
Paula Seling – “Lasa Doamne Dor”
Paula Seling brings us the second part of her Trilogia dorului (Longing Trilogy) following June’s “Soare Soare”. “Lasa Doamne Dor” is a cheery folk song. The traditional elements flow from the music and into the music video, where Paula is joined by dancers in a corridor to celebrate their Romanian culture.
Montaigne & David Byrne – “gravity”
“this is maybe my nicest and most tender song ever and i hope it encourages people who’ve been thinking about living with their long-term partner to ask the question…good luck & happy listening.” Ahead of her new album coming in September, Montaigne has shared the latest pre-release single. “gravity” sees Australia’s Eurovision 2021 star collaborating with Scottish-American singer-songwriter David Byrne for the second time. The pair deliver a fairly paired-back song about the step of moving in with your life partner: “Would you live in a house with me? / Plant your feet on solid ground with me? / No more reaching for the stars / Just the trees in the yard”.
Fy, Mc Daddy & Display (feat. Elena Tsagrinou & Konnie Metaxa) – “Nisi”
The Mad VMA Awards is the show that keeps on giving. The latest of the songs performed at the event to be released on streaming platforms is “Nisi”. A single first released by Fy, Mc Daddy and Display a couple of months ago, their MAD VMA 2022 performance also featured Konnie Metaxa and Cyprus’s Eurovision 2021 star Elena Tsagrinou. Elena joins from halfway through to add a female influence into the hit track.
Imanbek & BYOR – “Belly Dancer (LUM!X Remix)”
LUM!X has added his magic touch to the song “Belly Dancer”. First released by Imanbek & BYOR earlier this year, the song samples Akon’s mid-2000’s hit “Bananza (Belly Dancer)”. Now Austria’s Eurovision 2022 DJ has got in on the action by creating this club-ready offering.
Blue Cafe – “Nibylandia”
Poland’s Blue Cafe are flying towards the second star to the right and straight on till morning. The Eurovision 2004 alum have released “Nibylandia” (“Neverland”). It’s a mid-tempo R&B track about looking for the light in the dark. Blue Cafe explan further in the music video’s description:
“The title ‘Nibylandia’ is a place where we could feel safe, soothe pain and overcome worries. Our world has changed a lot and we have become even more lonely and torn. We are looking for closeness, love, peace and trust. It is the universal values that are becoming the most important now. We hope that with this piece we will encourage you to reflect, which also accompanies us. We should not fight with each other, but start a dialogue, in our opinion it is the way to peace, freedom and love. We dedicate the piece to all of us lost in contemporary reality.”
Gankino Circus feat. Sandhja – “Kuku Kultainen”
Sandhja is heading to the big top. Finland’s Eurovision 2016 act has joined German group Gankino Circus for the new single “Kuku Kultainen”. Despite the frivolities that the circus often brings, this song is in fact a gentle multi-instrument tune. Sandhja features in the second verse while also providing soft undertones at various points.
Hooverphonic and Brussels Airlines
Now to end with something slightly different. Although not an official single you’ll find on streaming platforms, Hooverphonic have still released a new song this week. Belgium’s Eurovision 2021 act have teamed up with Brussels Airlines to create a musical rendition of their safety instructions. The trio take us through all the necessary information we need to know when taking to the skies and they also get to demonstrate it in the accompanying video. Hopefully they don’t fly us to “The Wrong Place”.
Which of these new songs is your favourite? Have we missed out on any? Do you have any artists you want to shout out to? Let us know in the comments.