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Ugens Sang: Jenni Vartiainen – En Haluu Kuolla Tänä Yönä

I worked for a few years as a music journalist, and I miss writing about music. I thought I’d try to share a song I’ve been enjoying each week. First up is En Haluu Kuolla Tänä Yönä by Jenni Vartiainen, a Finnish singer who won their Popstars television competition in 2003. (The Popstars franchise originated in New Zealand, was picked up in Australia and then spread to the rest of the world, resulting in the assorted Idol competitions. So, um, sorry about that.) She was part of a trio called Gimmel, and launched her solo career when the band broke up after two albums. Her first album, Ihmisten Edessä, is relatively straightforward: half pop songs, half piano ballad-y stuff. Her second album, Seili, is phenomenal. There are some really beautiful songs, and Vartiainen takes quite a leftfield approach to pop, combining elements of Finnish folk music and a variety of dance genres. She’s got a beautiful voice, and I think the Finnish language is very strange and beautiful, so I’ve been listening to her a lot this week.

This song is the first single from that album. The video is fairly standard pop fare: the old singing to a mirrorball/dancing in a crate/wearing a fishing net as a hat business. The verses aren’t the song’s strong points, but stick through it for the chorus: it’s a corker.

The title apparently translates as “don’t want to die tonight”. Fucking bleak Finns. Why can’t they just sing a nice love song?


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  1. Frances says:

    “Fucking bleak Finns. Why can’t they just sing a nice love song?” – It’s too cold.

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