PetDoorVision Song Contest 2022: An independent, underplayed alternative to Eurovision
love the Eurovision Song Contest. I love how over-the-top it is, the sparkly costumes, the contorted performances, the showy staging that just screams, “I bet nobody’s done this before!” It’s not just pyrotechnics and fancy dresses, it’s human hamster wheels, performers swaying atop big bendy poles and riding mirrored cannons, babushki with trays of food, gorilla suits, sadomasochistic torture cages, and so much more. Eurovision has also become a kind of continental Pride party, beloved for its inclusion of LGBTQ+ contestants and hosts, with its first song performance by a gay contestant in 1961 ( Jean-Claude Pascal representing Luxembourg with the song ) a veiled message about the difficulties faced by people in same-sex relationships at that time, and its first song performance by an openly transgender contestant ( Nous les amoureux Dana International representing Israel with the song ) Diva winning the competition in 1998. I love that every year a little piece of the world comes together and shares a bit of themselves, their languages, their popular movements, their customs, attire, and instruments, in the common enjoyment of this camp, silly, fabulous shared experience. I even love the hours and hours of blatantly partisan voting at the end!
The one thing that I personally do not love about Eurovision, however, is the actual music. That is not to say that I don’t recognize that some iconic artists have competed in Eurovision, such as
Abba, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias, and Lordi. It also doesn’t mean that I haven’t played on repeat Urban Symphony’s (Estonia 2009), Randajäd Lena’s (Germany 2010), or Satellite Domenico Modugno’s (Italy 1958). But, on the whole, Eurovision songs lately follow a pretty narrow track of exhaustively produced pop, with the odd melodic metal song thrown in on occasion. Increasingly, the songs are performed in English instead of a language of the represented country, and traditional instruments are becoming sadly rare. I want more musical variety! Nel blu dipinto di blu
Since I specialize in sharing independent and underplayed music of all genres and styles on my radio show the
Pet Door Show on Shady Pines Radio (Thursdays, 2–4pm PT / 5–7pm ET / 11pm-1am CET), I know that there is so much more musical variety out there in the world. And so, on this Thursday’s show I presented a special unofficial alternative to Eurovision: The PetDoorVision Song Contest, sharing a cross-genre selection of some of my personal favorites from Eurovision nations. Sadly it would take more than 2 hours to share a track by every nation so I had to whittle my selection down for the show, but I still want to share the whole list with you!
So here it is! My top pick from every single Eurovision-eligible competing nation, arranged alphabetically by nation. As always on the
Pet Door Show, all tracks are also by independent and underplayed artists with fewer than 5,000 instagram followers, so you know you’ll find a lot of really great underground music on this list. Is there a Spotify playlist? You bet your buttons there is, but I encourage you to purchase any tracks you particularly like at the links provided below if you have the means. I hope you enjoy listening! Let me know who gets your Douze Points! PetDoorVision Song Contest 2022 Finalists Albania Jonisa — Your Masculinity From the album (January 7th, 2022). Ego Synth rock from Tirana, Albania. Andorra Els Pali — Seu que no veus Single released October 7th, 2021. Rumba jazz from Andorra la Vella, Andorra. Armenia Apo Sahagian — Musa Loyr Ilum (Մուսա Լոյր Իլում) From the album (April 1st, 2022). Menk Folk from an Armenian Jerusalemite artist. Australia and Morocco Julian Belbachir — Soudani Manayo From the album (May 14th, 2022). Babdoukkala Desert blues folk by a Moroccan-Australian artist from Sydney, Australia. Austria Liz Metta — Fragile & Strong From the album (March 31st, 2022). Fragile & Strong Indie rock from Vienna, Austria. Azerbaijan Aintnolie — Hǝyat Qruz, Pt. 3 From the album (April 23rd, 2021). Hǝyat Qruz Hip hop from Baku, Azerbaijan. Belgium Tout Va Bien — Have You (the island song) From the album (October 23rd, 2021). Come a Little Closer Folk pop from Leuven, Belgium. Bosnia and Herzegovina Sunday Stories — Karma Single released May 10th, 2021. Soul from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bulgaria Cool Den — Игра На Живот From the album (October 10th, 2021). Тази Земя Rock hip hop from Sofia, Bulgaria. Croatia Skotni Vrag — Zvučni zid From the album (April 17th, 2022). Skotni Vrag Prog rock from Virovitica, Croatia. Cyprus Monsieur Doumani — Tiritichtas From the album (September 10th, 2021). Pissourin Folk jazz funk from Nicosia, Cyprus. Czechia Lenka Lichtenberg — Utíkej, utíkej člověče — Run, run, you little human From the album (May 6th, 2022). Thieves of Dreams — Zloději snů Art folk jazz from Prague, Czechia, now based in Toronto, Canada. Denmark Astrid Cordes — Good Time From the EP (May 13th, 2022). Hurry Up Indie pop from Copenhagen, Denmark. Estonia Puuluup — Üksindus From the album (September 17th, 2021). Viimane suusataja Indie folk from Viljandi, Estonia. Finland Teini-Pää — Silmät kiinni From the album (January 20th, 2022). Maailma kyllä odottaa Indie punk from Helsinki, Finland. France Ottis Coeur — Devinez la fin From the EP (November 26th, 2021). Juste Derrière Toi Indie rock from Paris, France. Georgia Koma Stark — We Are Yezidi Guys | Emin xortê êzidî From the album (June 29th, 2021; Kelesho: Music of Yezidis from Georgia Antonovka Records). Folk from Tbilisi, Georgia. Germany Belitzki. — Tourism 4.0 From the album (July 30th, 2021). In Kreisen Post punk from Cologne, Germany. Greece Dury Dava — Ilektrosok (Ηλεκτροσόκ) From the EP (April 29th, 2022). Deluxe Psych rock from Athens, Greece. Hungary Barkóczi Noémi — Zugló From the album (September 22nd, 2021). Dolgom volt Indie rock from Budapest, Hungary. Iceland Sucks to be you Nigel — Tína blóm From the album (November 12th, 2021). Tína blóm Punk from Reykjavik, Iceland. Ireland Caleb Kunle — All in Your Head Single released May 4th, 2022. Soul pop from Laois, Ireland. Israel Jowan Safadi — The Crime (الجريمة) Single released April 4th, 2022. Hip hop from Haifa, Israel-occupied Palestine. Italy sonosem — La mia signorina — Live in studio From the album (March 24th, 2022; Da così lontano Bunya Records). Indie soul from Celle Ligure, Italy. Latvia ŪGA — NELEGĀLAIS BIZNESS Single released January 12th, 2022. Hip hop from Riga, Latvia. Lithuania shishi — I Cannot Believe Single released May 11th, 2022. Indie pop from Vilnius, Lithuania. Luxembourg Francis of Delirium — The Funhouse From the album (April 27th, 2022). The Funhouse Indie rock from Luxembourg. Malta JOON — Watch The Sky From the album (July 16th, 2021). Dream Again Electronica from Valletta, Malta. Moldova Dandies — Sea Side Rumble From the album (April 12th, 2022). Rockin’ Days and Rollin’ Nights Swing rock ’n’ roll from Chișinău, Moldova. Monaco HAH — Quartre-quart au thon From the album (April 22nd, 2021). Chimaera Monstrosa Experimental metal from Monaco. Montenegro Selferadication Dpt, Roman Gribov, FLOOR IS LAVA, Kiruza, Feyruz, Mariia Livandovskaja, Dzinko, Zmey Andrey — Military Monarchy Single released May 9th, 2022 ( Begemotion Records / FIL Records). Punk from Bečići / Budva, Montenegro. Netherlands POM — Earth Sick Single released May 6th, 2022. Indie post punk from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. North Macedonia Basement Cult — Vo Mojot Son From the album (July 7th, 2021). Basement Cult #1 Rock from Skopje, North Macedonia. Norway Sliteneliten — 6-timers arbeidsdag Single released May 1st, 2022. Indie folk pop from Oslo, Norway. Poland Warszawskie Combo Taneczne & Kapela Zdzisława Kwapińskiego — Polka z Mokotowa From the album (May 21st, 2021). Skarałeś Mnie Boże Polka folk from Warsaw, Poland. Portugal chica — Brincar com o Cão — Arranjo em banda From the EP (May 6th, 2022). Cada Qual no seu Buraco Indie folk from Lisbon, Portugal. Romania The Kryptonite Sparks — Dacă Vii Azi Single released August 24th, 2021. Indie from Bucharest, Romania. San Marino Hybrid Practice — Reclaim the Throne From the album (May 7th, 2022). Violent Ordeal Heavy metal from San Marino. Serbia Obojeni Program — Kuda ovaj čovek ide From the EP (May 7, 2021). 2021 = 41 Post punk from Novi Sad, Serbia. Slovakia FS Hornád — Ľubko From the album (January 7th, 2021). Veci čo sa dejú Polka folk from Košice, Slovakia. Slovenia Batista Cadillac — Magnolije From the album (May 9th, 2022). Batista Cadillac Soul from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Spain The Oddballs — Short Trip From the album (May 19th, 2022). Tales of Error Rockabilly punk from Málaga, Spain. Sweden Alba James — Walls Single released May 5th, 2022. Folk from Värmland, Sweden. Switzerland Evita Koné — End Game From the EP (May 13th, 2022) Break R&B hip hop from Geneva, Switzerland. Turkey Dilay Dal — Perdeler Single released December 3rd, 2021. Indie from Istanbul, Turkey. Ukraine Postman — Перебути день From the album (December 10th, 2021). Змінилось багато. Змінилось нічого Indie folk soul from Kyiv, Ukraine / Wrocław, Poland. United Kingdom Folly Group — I Raise You (The Price of Your Head) From the EP (March 25th, 2022). Human and Kind Post punk from London, England.
Wow, you got to the end! Amazing!
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