Eurovision is a contest that creates bridges between nations and cultures, not just in May but throughout the year. We now have another strong example of this unity and solidarity with the new collaboration by Kalush Orchestra and The Rasmus. Ukraine’s Eurovision 2022 champions have joined hands with Finland’s own representatives of this year’s contest for “In The Shadows of Ukraine”.
This new song is a rework of The Rasmus’ hit “In the Shadows”. Originally released in 2003 and part of the Finnish band’s fifth studio album Dead Letters, it is considered to be one of the band’s most famous songs and one they keep performing regularly to this day.
The message of the original song is one of liberation, one of overcoming your condition, a song about never giving up the battle. Lyrics including “They say that I must learn to kill before I can feel safe / But I, I’d rather kill myself than turn into their slave”, as well as “Sometimes I feel that I should go and play with the thunder / Somehow I just don’t want to stay and wait for a wonder”, could get a brand new meaning when applied to the current situation in Ukraine. It is for sure a great song choice in order to express a powerful message of not giving up.
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Kalush Orchestra bring a great contribution to this new version. The instrumental of the song is
an incredible mixture of rock and traditional folk music, with Kalush Orchestra once again using the musical instruments that brought magic to their Eurovision winning song “Stefania”: telenka (an wood overtone flute) and sopilka (traditional Ukrainian flute).
“In The Shadows of Ukraine” also includes a rap verse and a Ukrainian folk verse courtesy of Kalush Orchestra. The Ukrainian lyrics speak about the pain of a mother’s heart and that it’s Ukraine’s time to rise again with the Sun.
Kalush Orchestra & The Rasmus – “In The Shadows of Ukraine”
The accompanying music video for “In The Shadows of Ukraine” represents a battle to get to the bright side, a battle to kill the enemies and to rise again. Soldiers and people in traditional Ukrainian costumes can be seen in the video, directing the idea of the song straight to the terrors Ukraine is facing right now.
Kalush declared on Instagram: “Our mission is to let as many people as possible know about this war and the courage of the Ukrainian people. Therefore, we decided to shoot a video for this song so that people could hear and see everything that we want to convey to the world with this new work.”
The Rasmus’ vocalist Lauri Ylönen was also thrilled that their “almost 20 year old song gets a whole new meaning and life” with this collaboration.
The friendship between Kalush Orchestra and The Rasmus was born during their time at Eurovision 2022. The two groups jammed together in Turin, performing the songs “Stefania” and “In The Shadows”.
Their jamming session was absolutely touching and gave a wonderful example of how music can bring people together.
What do you think of “In The Shadows of Ukraine”? Do you want to see more collaborations between Kalush Orchestra, The Rasmus and other acts from Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below.