Welcome along to this week’s edition of the most regular and thorough Eurovision new music roundup. We at ESCBubble have once again skated across Europe to find the best new music from former ESC artists and we’ve also danced over ice to grab songs from former National Final entrants!
Saara Aalto – Let It Go
As you may already be aware, Finland’s 2018 finalist Saara Aalto is currently taking part in the UK television show ‘Dancing On Ice‘, a long running ice skating competition for celebrities. This week Saara really upped her game and became the first competitor to both skate and sing concurrently! Her performance was to the Frozen song ‘Let It Go’, a movie in which she had already provided the voice of Princess Anna for on the Finnish version:
A song that she can sing in 16 languages, she’s finally released her version of ‘Let It Go’:
Aminata – Catching The Headlights
Latvia’s 6th place 2015 Eurovision act Aminata is celebrating her fifth year of being an artist! The ‘Love Injected’ singer initially caught her big break winning the ‘New Talent Factory‘ show before going on to win the Latvian national selection, ‘Supernova‘. She’s now released a new single ‘Catching The Headlights’ which is about her reliving the feelings she felt when writing her first pieces of music.
At that time, I didn’t think that my songs should fit into frames, formats, or any particular genre. This is not just a song, but those feelings put together and then recorded in the studio. The song is about the state of euphoria, what can be when you are with the right person. When you can relax and indulge in blending with your loved one.
Jenny Silver – Mitt innersta rum
‘Melodifestivalen’ schlager Queen and all round Swedish legend Jenny Silver is back this week. Jenny has taken part in Melfest three times, in 2010 with ‘A Place To Stay’, 2011 with ‘Something In Your Eyes’ and 2013 as part of the Swedish House Wives entry ‘On Top Of The World’. Her new single is a cover, in Swedish, of another song that took part in the 2010 competition ‘I Did It For Love’ by Jessica Andersson – a ballad in its original form it went on to place 8th in the final. Now however its been given a Kamferdrops style makeover!
Anna Rossinelli – Eyes Closed
We’ve been bringing you plenty of Anna Rossinelli lately as she geared up towards her new album ‘Rose Garden‘. With the album now released the Swiss 2011 entrant has also released the title track as a new single. Here’s ‘Rose Garden’:
Kerli – Better
Another artist with an album release imminent, 2017 Eesti Laul runner up Kerli is back again with ‘Better’. ‘Shadow Works’ will be only her second studio album in 11 years and contains a previous single we featured on the weekly review called ‘Savages’. The album will be released on 22nd February, but in the meantime you can have a listen to ‘Better’:
ISA – Craving
Two time ‘Melodifestivalen’ singer ISA is back, with her new tune ‘Craving’. ISA of course made the 2015 final with the catchy ‘Don’t Stop’ and then returned a year later, making Andra Chansen with ‘I Will Wait’. As she builds up towards an expected debut album, she had this to say about her latest single:
Most people know how hard it is to act rationally in relationships. ‘Craving’ interprets the dilemma in trying to resist the attraction of a person who adversely affects one’s life, while it’s so insanely magical to be near him or her for the moment. The song is about losing yourself in a destructive relationship and pending between these emotions.
Friðrik Dór – Ekki stinga mig af
Friðrik came second in the 2015 Icelandic selection ‘Songvakeppnin‘ although he did end up as a backing vocalist for the eventual winner María Ólafs. For his latest single he releases a live song from his concert in Kaplarika in October. He also explains that the song is about his daughter. (Please note this song is not currently available on Apple Music):
Our rapidly increasing ESCBubble National Finals playlist continues to bulge and contains 123 of the songs fighting it out to go to Tel Aviv in May! We’re featuring songs from Albania, Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Spain and Ukraine! You can follow our playlist below:
All of the songs featured both above and in January can be found on our monthly ESCBubble playlist. You can find it on our home page or just below:
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