Another week comes to an end and that means it’s New Music Friday! So it’s time to share the best new releases from the Eurovision world this week. Over the following pages is everything you need to know for your weekend playlists!
KEiiNO – ‘Venus’
Firstly on New Music Friday are the Eurovision 2019 televote winners KEiiNO. Today they return with their ninth single of 2021. From a ‘Spirit In The Sky‘ to a voyage to ‘Venus’, this track is an intergalactic trip to the 80s. Over recent weeks Alexandra Rotan has explored her musical range in singing reality show ‘Stjernekamp 2021‘. With fierce guitars this new single is an anthem celebrating that journey of Alexandra’s self love.
This summer, Alexandra came to us with a melody that we all though was really, really good. We felt this one belonged on a big stage, and that the lyrics should be powerful. So, Alexander wrote about Alexandra’s journey towards a final performance in Stjernekamp. Luckily for us and for the song, Alexandra has done her job extremely well and we can all join her on the stage tomorrow where “Norway’s best entertainer” will be crowned. For us, there is only one QUEEN, and we cross our fingers our captain will have an amazing night whatever outcome.KEiiNO, Facebook
Dami Im – My Reality
Next, and taking us to church is 2016 runner-up, Dami Im. Following her change in music direction to ABC Music, today she released her sixth studio album, My Reality. Most of all, that reality is Dami showcasing her authenticity as an artist. Overall, ten tracks feature on this relaxing origin story of Dami’s Gospel and Soul roots. Previously released from the album are ‘Crying Underwater‘, ‘Kiss You Anyway‘, ‘Marching On’, ‘Paper Dragon‘ and ‘Lonely Cactus‘. Before the album launch, Dami released the music video for ‘Pray’. An experience people, with or without faith can relate to. This is a pop-ballad with a message of hope when all hope has seemed unlikely in these difficult times around the world.
Montaigne – ‘Now (In Space)’
Although Australia’s 2020 and 2021 representative Montaigne couldn’t make it live to the Rotterdam stage, that hasn’t stopped her making an interstellar trip to, err… space. The ‘Technicolour‘ singer returns with new hair and her second release since Eurovision 2021. As well as a vibrant, psychedelic music video, matching the hyper-pop beats. One giant leap for Montaigne, who floats around a green-screen space background, paying tribute to the kitschy karaoke bar style videos. This serves as the first single of an as yet unnamed album. Which Montaigne describes as, “the peak of my career.”
Soleá – ‘Báilalo’
Last year, Spanish star Soleá gave the Iberian nation back to back third places in Junior Eurovision with her Latin bop, ‘Palante‘. Now she returns with the third single from her self-titled album. Equally as catchy, ‘Báilalo’ sees Soleá give us another Summer worthy anthem. With rhythmic castanet instrumentation enhancing the flamenco production. Despite its fun appearance, this joyful bop is also a reminder we should dance with one, inclusive heart, breaking down barriers together.
EFENDI – ‘Damlalar’
Despite coming from the Land of Fire, the fierceness of ‘Mata Hari‘ and ‘Cleopatra‘ has been tamed. Instead, Azerbaijan’s EFENDI strips back on latest single ‘Damlalar’. What we have is EFENDI showing a raw fragility in this emotional native language ballad. As she relates to feeling like the ‘Raindrops’ dancing from the rooftops and wanting to be heard.
Timebelle x Alejandro Reyes – ‘BARBA’
Many of our readers will probably know a thing or two about beards… well now there’s a song about it. Rarely a stranger on New Music Friday, Eurovision 2017 alum Timebelle are back. New single ‘BARBA’ sees Timebelle singer, Miruna ,team up with Alejandro Reyes, who participated in the 2018 Swiss national final with ‘Compass‘. Together they play off each other, in a cheeky Reggaeton duet about the attraction of facial hair.
Gebrasy – ‘Outta Love’
Although all eyes were on The Roop this year, there was another standout performance in Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021. Despite finishing as the runner-up with ‘Where’d You Wanna Go?‘, Gebrasy took the fandom to his hearts with his raw power and emotion. Many would like to see him go to Eurovision for Lithuania in the future. Once again he shows why the fans are not ‘Outta Love’ for his music. This new single shows another side of Gebrasy’s range, with a pop-rap fusion, all laced in smooth guitar riffs.
Alfie Arcuri – ‘DEVILS LIPS’
Just as many Australians are only now about to discover international freedom, Alfie Arcuri has been working with new producers and songwriters in Europe. After coming top 5 in Russia’s New Wave 2021 singing competition, the Australia Decides 2019 artist is back with new music this week. From the upcoming EP Way Up High, ‘DEVILS LIPS’ is as sinful as its name. Through a muscle-bound video in tribute to the classic photo shoots of the ’80s and ’90s, Alfie challenges the perceptions of expression and identity. As Alfie reminds us of his vocal depth, with his falsetto blending into synth-pop beats.
Elina Born – ‘Linnuteid’
After spending two years away from music, Elina Born is back! Now, the Eurovision 2015 and Eesti Laul star drops new banger ‘Linnuteid’. To those of us outside of Estonia, that means ‘Milky Way’. However this is nothing to do with the famous chocolate brand, this is Elina’s rebirth anthem. Almost a message to herself and others, that no matter how far you go, you can never escape yourself. It is learning to accept the good with the bad and embrace every part of your identity. Thus the music video shows Elina being confronted by various manifestations of her personality. Whilst Elina’s Estonian vocals fuse with a Latin inspired melody.
Samanta Tina – ‘NEMAZ NEMAZ’
Last, but certainly not least on New Music Friday is Latvia’s Eurovision 2020 and 2021 star Samanta Tina. Always looking to surprise her fans with new ideas, new single ‘NEMAZ NEMAZ’ is no exception. ‘Not At All, Not At All’ sees Samanta challenge her range as an artist by taking up rap! Of course the message packs as much punch as Samanta’s rhymes. A hairbrush divorce anthem for anyone coming out of a bad relationship. Although it appears to be someone capable of moving on, it is exposed as a lie and a reminder of the pain that was caused. Due to the ongoing Covid restrictions in Latvia, production for the music video has been postponed. But, Samanta has not ruled out returning to the project in future.
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