We’ve already released our article on new releases from former national final participants back on Monday, and now it’s time to celebrate the musical releases from your favorite Eurovision artists! January was a bit quite in the music world, with only 20 releases coming out of the vaults – but they still come from across Europe and cover a variety of genres. Quite a few releases came from the class of 2021, but #YOU can find the full playlist at the bottom of the article.
Gjon’s Tears – Silhouette (Switzerland 2020 and 2021)
The song “Silhouette” marks Gjon’s first solo release since his third place finish in Rotterdam this past May – however his first post-ESC release was a collaboration with fellow Eurovision 2020 contestant Arilena Ara from Albania. The new single sits in the same realm as both T’out l’univers and Répondez-moi, highlighting his chilling vocal ability through an extremely cinematic music video. There is even a mid-track beat and instrumental change, which adds to the drama and intensity of the song and culminates in his iconic high notes before ending in the final chorus.
Edsilia Rombley (and Berget Lewis) – Hoeland Nog? (Netherlands 1998, 2007, 2020 and 2021 host)
Edsilia should be no stranger to the Eurovision community both old and new, parly because of her double participation in the contest for the Netherlands but also for her hosting of “Eurovision: Love Shine a Light” and the 2021 contest in Rotterdam. For the track “Hoelang Nog?” Edsilia paired up her former Ladies of Soul bandmate Berget Lewis, a soul hit tribute band that also features former Eurovision participant Glennis Grace – which if you haven’t heard their concerts before I highly recommend you look them up on YouTube. Together they released a pop song that hopes to empower those in toxic relationships to leave the situations, and seek help even when they think they can’t.
Michael Schulte – Remember Me (Germany 2018)
It has been no secret that Michael pulls inspiration for some of his most emotional songs from his family, as shown in his Eurovision 2018 song “You Let Me Walk Alone”, single “Never Let You Down”, and now his new release “Remember Me”. The single is part of his upcoming album of the same name, which is set to be released mid-2022. Much like in his Eurovision staging, the music video showcases photos of Michael as he was growing up, and as he said on Instagram the song is very personal to him.
VAL – Калыханка з месячыкам (Belarus 2020)
In the event that you missed the news, band members VAL (Vlad and Lera) got married in April of 2021, and will be adding a little one to their new family in the coming months. Together with songwriter Konstantin Seviarynets they have written “Калыханка з месячыкам” or “Lullaby with the Moon”, a song to their little one and small children everywhere. Speaking about the song in the description of the video, the band hopes that: “We really want the melody “Lullabies with the Moon” to be picked up by every mother, and every evening little Belarusians fall asleep sweetly and peacefully to the sounds and words of the new pipe.”
Victor Crone – Wind in My Sails (Estonia 2019)
Victor Crone has just recently released yet another single shortly after his single “Love Someone Like Me” was released in December – and the track features the best qualities of his voice and his love of guitar instrumentals. The lyrics tell the story of not giving up despite facing adversity, and the empowerment that someone makes Victor feel even in his darkest time (hence the metaphor “Wind in my Sails”). The song does continue Victor’s yearly release pattern for songs involving weather, with his Eurovision 2019 song “Storms”, 2020 single and Melodifestivalen entry “Troubled Waters”, and 2021 single “Rains” all using weather and water to tell the stories of relationships.