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She knows where the bodies are buried. Finland’s 2017 Eurovision Entry.

April 6, 2017


I have to say I think this is a rather exquisite… in an Annie Lennox/Shakespeare’s Sister sort of a way.  Judged as a vocal performance it’s both powerful and affecting while the production around this remarkable voice creates a feeling that can only be described as “lustrous”.  Norma John (actually their names are Lasse and Leena) have done something just a bit remarkable.

Lest lovely singer evoke too much mawkish sentiment, however, a video has been filmed showing these two driving through the forest at the dead of night in order to retrieve an improvised coffin from the bottom of a lake.  See, here’s the video:

Finland in recent years have been noted for their determination to think outside the box when it comes to Eurovision entries.  Most famously, of course, Finland gave us those heavy metal troll monsters Lordi.

Scandinavia of course, has the highest proportion of heavy metal fans of anywhere in the world.  If fearmongering projections regarding the influence of violent music on violent music were in any way accurate, then Helsinki and Stockholm would be the most dangerous cities on earth.

Norma John are not Heavy Metal.  They are an Indie band with a proper sense of the uncanny.

The uncanny innovation that Finland seems to have chosen to startle the world with this year appears to be – to be really really good.

Lyrically, they are adept at poetic apostrophe.  Paul McCartney told his blackbird to sing, but these two are telling the bird to shut up.  The pathetic fallacy has imploded. In the packing case that’s a coffin that’s being excavated from the deep is the memory of a love that won’t be silenced.   The semi-volition of a lost love that nags and nags is delicately evoked.  I genuinely feel a bit choked up when I hear this.

You sang when he was in my bed
You sang when my heart sang
Now you remind me of something I’ll never have
So blackbird don’t sing
Blackbird don’t sing
Blackbird don’t sing

I’ll be sorely vexed if Finland doesn’t do better than Cyprus

Frankly I’d rather the Czech Republic won – though they won’t…

Belgium looks like a better bet:

But if it isn’t, maybe it will go to Azerbaijan with this…

Armenia’s Entry is nowhere near as scary:

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Australian entry:

And here’s Albania…


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