Finland, Finland, Suomi. We haven’t heard much from Finland for a while – so here’s a bit about Finland.
YLE has changed the way that the song will be selected this year. I blame Jimi Constantine’s Euroviisut performance for that. So instead of various heats and a final, there’s just going to be a contest called Uuden musiikin kilpailu (UMK – ‘New Music Contest’). And it seems rather over-complicated for the purpose – but here’s a summary. I can’t guarantee I’ve got this totally correct…
- All the songs had to be submitted by the end of last September
- A jury of music industry and media people listened to all 540 songs, and chose 40 of them to go online. They went online
- A jury will then choose 12 songs, which will get a bit of a polish
- Eight of the songs will be performed to a live audience, but it won’t be on TV
- On 25th Februrary, six of the songs will be on the TV, and the audience televotes for the winner
After all that, I’m not sure I care if I got any of it wrong.
The selection is be the usual Finnish fare of folk, commercial rock and kooky love songs (no pretend death metal in the final 40). But there’s also some definite potential amid all that. Click on the artist and song title to hear the song. For all 40 songs, click on the link above.
DCX – Erase You
Club act DCX have supported the likes of September, Darude, Tina Cousins and, erm, Scooter at their Finnish gigs. This is one song that could do with a serious injection of production, and has the potential to sound amazing. And while they’re there, they need to give vocalist Bettina something to perk her up, as she sounds utterly bored.
Eveliina Määtäa – Perfect
Yeah. Perfectly inoffensive, middle-of-the-road love song. As weighty as a runway model during Milan Fashion Week, this barely touches the sides. Eveliina’s been on the circuit for a good while, and entered last year’s Euroviisut with Dancing In The Dark. Perfect will probably go the same way that did…
Freeman & Uusi Fantasia – Noitanainen
Actually amazing. This is 80s Georgio Moroder-style synthpop with absolutely no attempt to bring any contemporary references to it. ‘Witch lady’ requires no further production, it’s perfect as it is. Key change, the lot.
Iconcrash – We Are The Night
Like Noitanainen, this is an 80s throwback, but rather more A-ha this time. And it sounds… well, it sounds all right. We Are The Night doesn’t have any of the ridiculous immediacy of the other song. It’s a nice song. Nice.
Judy – Kisscollector
I want to see this performed live. RnB-pop with a dodgy English title and a storming bassline. Hot.
Leola – Rytmit rikkoutuu
This is a sweet indiepop song called ‘Broken Rhythm’. Leola is clearly influenced by the Brit indie scene of the 90s, but doesn’t seem to have appropriated the attitude, so that’s a plus point. It’s quite lovely.
Martina – Checkmate
One of those up-tempo songs that goes nowhere (I HATE the phrase ‘up-tempo’, it makes whoever says it sound like some elderly person trying to get down wit da kids, but it is the most appropriate description, sadly). One of the songwriters is Lene Dissing, who’s also got a song (Reach For The Sky) in this year’s Danish Melodi Grand Prix.
MOOBS – Johnny
Awful, tedious, painful electro-punk-rock-something. But the name of the band will be amusing to people whose sense of humour is as gutter-based as mine. This is the sort of stuff Björk was doing when she was 13.
Ville Eetvartti – Lasikaupunki
Andreas Johnson with laryngitis. No, that’s unfair – he’s just husky. Very husky. It’s actually a fairly decent song. He says they changed the lyrics from English to Finnish – I’d like to compare the two, the English version could go down really well at Eurovision.
That’s it. I can’t listen any more. Please comment below, and tell me if I’ve missed anyone decent from the list.
Ideally, I’d like Jessica Wolff to win, but I’m desperate to see Freeman & Uusi Fantasia on that Eurovision stage.
Neither will be there.