Although we’re officially into the Eurovision 2023 season, it will still be some time before we hear any national final and Eurovision songs. 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 46 part 2
With so many songs to cover this week, we’ve split this roundup into two bitesize halves. You can find part one by clicking here.
Note: We’ll be featuring the new festive-themed songs from Fyr Og Flamme, Kalush Orchestra, Subwoolfer and others in a series of separate articles during the run-up to Christmas.
Pastora Soler – Libra
After almost two years of work, Pastora Soler’s new album is now out for us all. Libra has 12 tracks, including pre-release singles “Que hablen de mi”, “Lo que siempre me callé” and “No será de nadie”. The Spanish star’s power vocals run throughout many of the songs, making the LP a passionate offering. This is particularly the case for “Rascacielos” (“Skyscraper”), which the Eurovision 2012 alumna uploaded a music video for in tandem with the album release.
Fabrizio Moro – “Senza di te”
Fabrizio Moro’s new single is “Senza di te” (“Without You”). Italy’s Eurovision 2018 act combines strings, piano and drums to create a Coldplay-esque track that has a soul-stirring melody. In the lyrics, Moro calls to his former lover and wonders if they could talk to each other once again: “Just where you are / Hidden inside my remorse / Without you here I can’t stay anymore / It is a world that has no paths”.
Måns Zelmerlöw – “Hatar dig”
After a week off from performing on Sweden’s Så mycket bättre, Måns Zelmerlöw stood behind the microphone once again in the latest episode. The Eurovision 2015 champion interpreted “Hatar Dig” (“Hate You”) by Daniela Rathana. Måns took the song and revamped it to not only fit his personal musical style, but also his personal history:
“Made it a very personal story from my childhood, about loneliness, being let down, losing your safety net.”
Paula Seling – “Mandru Cer Senin”
“Who made me run after the sun? / To put my life on the line to go / Who made me become a big person? / What I wouldn’t give to be a baby again today”. Paula Seling wishes she could go back to the simpler times of being a child, when she didn’t have to worry about the troubles that come with being a grown up. “Mandru Cer Senin” captures this feeling in a bright and upbeat folk song. The melody of the main orchestral theme is inspired by the work of Romanian taragot player Dumitru Fărcaș. On Instagram, the two-time Eurovision star spoke more about the thoughts that were running through her head whilst writing the song:
“I was thinking, writing, about our desire, when we are young, to grow up and be adults, without knowing that we will regret it… ‘Don’t grow big, it’s a trap’ they said, and I totally felt that… I would have always wanted to remain a child, protected by the loving arms of my parents, safe from the evils of the world. Enjoying the joys of carefree life at home. That’s why home is the most memorable place. Full of love and freedom. Mom, dad, thank you for being to me, for giving me everything. I am like this because of you!”
Monika Linkytė & Leon Somov – “Dūšia” & “Sakai man lyk”
Monika Linkytė has not one, but two new singles for us this week. Both are joint projects with music producer Leon Somov. “Dūšia” is the livelier one of the two, with a catchy alternative pop beat. In the music video, we see Monika calling a friend in the middle of the night from an old-fashioned payphone. She talks through her feelings and eventually reminds herself to stay true to who she is, as Monika explained:
“I most admire those people who don’t live according to clichés, but are simply authentic. I admire them and am happy for them. So I really wanted to write a piece that was like a reminder, ‘Hey, relax. The most important voice you need to hear is you'”.
“Sakai man lyk” is a more emotional ballad. Although parts of it are soft, featuring harp accompaniment, there are still some digital production elements that help represent the pain Monika feels at times. However, overall it’s a positive song, as the Eurovision 2015 star sings about the feeling of finally finding someone who accepts you for who you are:
“[It’s about that] magic when someone embraces you and lets you live with all the experiences, all the feelings, all the silliness and dreams […] At the same time, the songs ‘Dūšia’ and ‘Sakai man lyk’ complement each other and, although they seem musically different, they both have a very beautiful unifying idea – to be free, to be yourself.”
Alicja – “Stick Together”
The 2023 World Men’s Handball Championship takes place in Poland and Sweden during January. Eurovision 2020 entrant Alicja has been given the honour of recording the official song for the tournament. Titled “Stick Together”, it contains the usual empowering lyrics of these sports tournament songs: “Too good together to lose / We stick together like glue / And I feel better with you”. However, Alicja gives it a little twist by including more R&B elements, including spoken/rap verses. Though, they perhaps missed a trick by not saving this song for a stick-based sports tournament such as hockey.
Jüri Pootsmann – Suveööde unetus
Six years after the first one, and his appearance at Eurovision 2016, Jüri Pootsmann has finally released his sophomore album, Suveööde unetus (Sleepless summer nights). There are ten tracks on the LP, which includes previous singles “Vaata mind”, “Ümber sõrme”, “Jäljed jätsid tuulde”, “Suveööde unetus” and his Eesti Laul 2021 entry “Magus melanhoolia”. There’s an added Eurovision connection to track eight, “Ilu valuta”, as Pootsmann sings alongside Eurovision 2015 star Elina Born. Whilst all of the tracks come under the alternative-pop umbrella, this duet also has a rock edge by adding in an electric guitar solo in the final moments.
wrs & David Goldcher – “Bamboleo”
wrs performed “Bamboleo” during his concerts over the summer. But now we finally have a digital copy to add to our playlists. Romania’s Eurovision 2022 star delivers an energetic version of the hit song, originally by Gipsy Kings. Production for the song comes from Paris-based music producer David Goldcher.
Nevena Božović – “La La La”
“La La La” may be the most common phrase in the history of music, but there’s beauty in its simplicity. This is the theme of Nevena Božović’s new music video, which accompanies one of the more upbeat tracks from her upcoming album. The clip sees Serbia’s two-time Eurovision entrant gradually taking off parts of her outfit and wiping away her makeup to leave her natural beauty. Nevena has shared further details about the message of this video:
“In this visual piece, we dealt with the delicacy of female beauty and fought against complications. A beautiful woman is not necessarily the one with beautiful make-up, but the one who wears her beauty with all her right and wrong lines.”
Ronnie Romero feat. Chris Caffery – “The Shining”
Ronnie Romero is releasing a cover album of rock songs in January next year. This will include the new pre-release single “The Shining”, which was originally recorded by Black Sabbath in 1987. Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2022 singer has collaborated on the cover with musician Chris Caffery, best known for being part of Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Levina – “Battleground”
Levina is opening up about her struggles with mental health in “Battleground”. Germany’s Eurovision 2017 singer discusses the difficulty of keeping up a façade about how well she’s doing: “And everyday somebody needs me to do something / I can’t cope / Live a lie and say it’s OK / But the pain never goes away / Can I come home / Leave every battleground”. An emotional alternative-pop ballad, Levina dedicates the song to others who are going through challenging times:
“This song is for anyone stuck in a difficult situation that feels hard to get out of. You are not alone.”
Soluna Samay – “Make Them Stay”
Soluna Samay gets a little groovier with her new single “Make Them Stay”. An indie pop offering, it culminates with a saxophone melody in the final chorus. In the lyrics, Denmark’s Eurovision 2012 representative isn’t having the best time when it comes to finding love. Eventually, she gets used to being a single pringle: “I’ve been on the move / I think I’m OK being on my lonely / ‘Cause I can’t make them stay”.
Goran Karan & Galeria – “Plaćenik”
Goran Karan recently shared the new single “Plaćenik”. He’s joined by the band Glaeria for the steady soft rock offering. The artists also keep the music video relatively simple, performing in a restaurant.
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.
Monika Linkyt? & Leon Somov – “Sakai man lyk” would get all my points – wonderful song – greetz from germany
Off topic by this thread’s standards, but did you guys see Sam Ryder on “Strictly” last night? Both his performances were amazing, and on top of that he’s on the bill for this year’s Royal Variety Performance
“Sakai man lyk” could be loosely translated as “You tell me to rain”
Nevena so gorgeous
I kinda would not mind Monika Linkyte to represent Lithuania with “Dusia”. Although, from what I see, “Sakai man lyk” is more popular. I would vote for “Dusia” nevertheless, enough of sadness: refugee crisis, covid-pandemic and tons of restrictions with it, war in Ukraine and thousands of dead people, energy crisis, supply-chain crisis, inflation crisis… “Dusia” is somewhat more inspiring and positively affecting than the sad song “Sakai man lyk”. 🙂
Updated: we know the first artist of #PIN2023 – it’s Juste Kraujelyte. She did take part in #PIN2022 with the song “How to Get My Life Back” and finishing 6th in the final. The song Juste Kraujelyte will bring to the national selection is yet to be announced. More about it on LRT: http://www.lrt.lt/naujienos/muzika/680/1821391/isgirskite-daina-apie-nerima-pristatanti-juste-kraujelyte-vel-isbandys-jegas-eurovizijos-atrankoje
I just HAD to hear Mans singing in Swedish and I’m happy I did, liked it a lot!
Too bad we don’t get to have songs in Swedish winning Melfest now
I just adore Pastora Soler! Such a powerful voice… „Rascacielos“ sounds a lot like „Quedate conmigo“ which is no wonder cause G-Son has written it as well