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 32
Jamala – “Thank you, Stranger”
Millions of Ukrainians have had to flee from their homes as a result of Russia’s invasion. But despite the dark times, kindness and humanity has shone through thanks to the many European families who have welcomed refugees into their own houses. Eurovision 2016 champion Jamala, who herself fled from Ukraine with her children, has created a thank you note to these people and their generosity: “Thank you, stranger / For your help to me / When my home’s away / While the sky’s on fire”. Jamala spoke more about the song on social media:
“The song is full of hopes for sunny and warm days. These usually follow the darkest nights. In our lives. In history. For me, ‘Thank you, Stranger’ is about being grateful to millions of people in the neighbouring countries, who have opened their homes and their hearts during the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine.”
Manizha – “Любовь мое мерило”
“Love is my measure – it’s not a song. Today this is my value, in which I believe. And let the one who does not remain indifferent find the strength to pass it on.” More than anything else, Manizha hopes to convey love through her life and music. Those who don’t speak Russian may not initially hear this in the Eurovision 2021 star’s new single, “Любовь мое мерило” (“Love is my measure”), as it comes with a slightly dark and rough undertone. However, Manizha repeatedly lays this testament out in the lyrics: “Love is my measure / I asked them / I forgave them / I can do / I have forgiven myself”.
Eleni Foureira & Trannos – “Egw & Esy”
Eleni Foureira’s new single sees the Eurovision 2018 runner-up collaborating with Trannos. You’ll have to be patient, as Eleni only appears from the 1:43 mark onward. A Mediterranean hip-hop offering, “Egw & Esy” (“Me & You”) lets the pair tell a story from two perspectives. Trannos is trying to convince Eleni that she’s better off with him: “You’re turning your back on me again / But you will beg / What do you want from me / Always be on the lookout / It won’t be easy for you to forget me”. Meanwhile, Eleni doesn’t agree: “But you never answer / You are selling me fairy tales […] If you want me once / I want so many others”.
Jala Brat & Buba Corelli – “Coco” and “Warsaw”
Eurovision 2016 star Jala Brat has formed a strong musical bond with fellow Bosnian rapper Buba Corelli. And now the pair have released two songs together. “Coco” has a hip-hop element but is also infused with a danceable beat that makes it fitting for the club. Jala and Buba sing about a woman who is leading them astray: “I nearly crashed everything because of her / Wears Prada, Smokes Sobranie / I almost lost my way because of her”.
Earlier in the week, the pair also dropped “Warsaw”. Not actually an ode to the Polish city, the two Bosnian artists instead boast about their wealth and how their watches cost the same as real estate: “My pocket full of money, ’cause I’m so cute / My Audemars cost two flats / My neck is as cold as Warsaw”.
Michał Szpak – “(mrok) Warszawianka”
Michał Szpak is building up to the release of his new album, with which he is introducing fans to his alter ego ‘Jupiter’. The new pre-release single from the LP is “(mrok) Warszawianka”. Poland’s Eurovision 2016 representative blends rock and electronic music for the song, commenting on his journey to self-expression: “A strange world made me dumb / I’m looking for my words.
Michela – “Lost In The Shadows”
Michela has become so good at camouflaging like a chameleon that she’s now “Lost In The Shadows”. Malta’s Eurovision 2019 star brings us a country-pop offering that works very well with her vocal style. In the lyrics, Michela feels unseen in a relationship and wants to escape to a brighter future: “I’m lost in the shadows / Tired of your stories / I need to step into the light”.
Alicja & Frank Leen – “W Moim Garażu”
Eurovision 2020 entrant Alicja is hanging out with fellow Polish singer Frank Leen. The pair are keeping their activities close to home and spending time “W Moim Garażu” (“In My Garage”). A solid R&B single, there’s a slight retro feel to the track — Alicja and Frank Leen make reference to Diana Ross, Back To The Future and The Running Man at various points.
Naviband – “Свяці”
The 9 August 2020 will forever be a historic day in Belarus, when protests erupted following the country’s presidential election. On the two-year anniversary, Naviband released the single “Свяці” (“Saints”). As opposers of the Lukashenko regime, the Eurovision 2017 duo are no longer able to live in Belarus and are instead now based in Poland. Naviband hope one day the necessary changes will come so they can return, and they have dedicated this latest song to their hometown of Minsk: “Where is my sun burning bonfires? / Black wings raise dust / I will pray again today / I’m just asking for saints”.
De Toppers & Donnie – “Toppie”
De Toppers weren’t necessarily top of the class at Eurovision 2009. But the Dutch group still have a smile on their faces and believe everything is “Toppie” (“Great”). The quartet have teamed up with Donnie for this new song, in which they celebrate finally being able to throw a party again following the pandemic: “It’s great again / I have a po-po-polonaise in my head / I take a sip / Roll another stick / It’s a party again, fill those glasses to the brim”.
Aksel Kankaanranta – “Vielä sä löydät mun luo”
Aksel Kankaanranta and his lover have gone in different directions. But Finland’s Eurovision 2020 entrant is confident their hearts are still connected and can help lead the two of them back together: “If you use my heart as a compass / You let your feet go where they want / Night streets / I know you can find me”. Aksel packages this message into the percussion-driven pop track “Vielä sä löydät mun luo” (“You can still find me”).
Eye Cue – “Zavedi me”
Eye Cue have recently released the new single “Zavedi me”. Translated as “Seduce me” in English, vocalist Marija Ivanovska is hoping someone can create an infatuation and win over her heart. Musically, North Macedonia’s Eurovision 2018 duo deliver a catchy pop tune that keeps the summer vibes going through these final few weeks of the season.
Noa Kirel – “פנתרה”
Although there’s still nine months to go before Noa Kirel hits the Eurovision 2023 stage, now is a great time for those who don’t know the Israeli star to begin following her music. Kirel has released the new single “פנתרה” (“Panther”). Opening with a trumpet solo (similar to Chanel’s Eurovision performance of “SloMo”), it develops into a catchy pop track with a beat change from verse to chorus that helps keep listeners intrigued. Lyrically, Kirel sings of how her feline prowess puts her ahead of the pack: “I-I-I’m a panther / I’m awake and everybody’s sleeping / They say I’m weird (no, no) / I say they’re normal”.
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.