FINLAND – Finland’s Contest for New Music UMK, revealed its seven finalists today. One of them will represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, in May 2022: Cyan Kicks, BESS, The Rasmus, Younghearted, Olivera, Tommi Läntinen, and Isaac Sene.
The competing UMK songs will be announced daily starting today, January 13. The songs and music videos will be available on the Finnish Broadcasting company’s streaming service Yle Areena, as well as on Youtube, Spotify, and other music streaming services at midnight on their own respective days. The winner will be chosen in the UMK final on February 26.
UMK22 song release dates:
Thu 13.1. Cyan Kicks – Hurricane
- Fri 14.1. BESS – Ram pam pam
- Mon 17.1. The Rasmus – Jezebel
- Tue 18.1. Younghearted – Sun numero
- Wed 19.1. Olivera – Thank God I’m an Atheist
- Thu 20.1. Tommi Läntinen – Elämä kantaa mua
- Fri 21.1. Isaac Sene – Kuuma jäbä
Cyan Kicks: Hurricane
The most rock entry in this year’s Contest for New Music UMK is Helsinki-based Cyan Kicks, whose members are Susanna Alexandra, Niila Perkkiö, Leevi Erkkilä, and Pietari Reijonen. Cyan Kicks was founded in 2016, and the group has so far released two albums’ worth of music, which has been streamed over 10 million times. The group describes its music as a unique modern rock with a fusion of styles.
“We aren’t afraid to combine different elements to make our own, distinctive sound. One song might be completely electronic, while another will be seriously heavy, but, at the end of the day, it always sounds like Cyan Kicks,” says Susanna Alexandra.
Their UMK entry Hurricane is an ideal example of this when it comes to style. Its verses are electronic, while the choruses and guitar solos form the heavier parts. Elize Ryd, one of the lead vocalists in the Danish-Swedish group Amaranthe, collaborated in writing the song. American musician-producer Chris Walla and producer-mixer Zakk Cervini also added their own touches to the song.
Finland is well known for its heavy metal chops and, as recent years have shown, rock music can also succeed in what is typically a pop-dominated music contest. What does Cyan Kicks think about the possibility of getting the call to Turin?
“Rock’s always been around, and it’s always been mainstream music, even if it hasn’t always been the centre of media attention. We want to do our part in really keeping rock in the limelight,” the band says.