Latvia’s act for Eurovision 2022, Citi Zēni, has released new music following their participation in the Contest. The band’s newest single is entitled “Lieka Štuka”. To coincide with the release, the band also released a music video for the song.
Citi Zēni take on money
Loosely translated to “A Spare Thousand Euros”, the band’s new song talks about dealing with the rising cost of living worldwide. According to the band, the funky song was written some two years ago, but the band chose to release the song now when faced with rising food and fuel prices.
The song also sees Citi Zēni’s saxophonist Dagnis Roziņš take on lead vocals over the band’s usual lead singer Jānis Pētersons. In a statement the music video’s description, Roziņš said that the song was a stylistic departure from their previous songs, including their Eurovision effort “Eat Your Salad”.
This single is noticeably different from our other songs, so sometimes we get the feeling that this song in particular wasn’t written by ourselves, but it was rather rented to us by some higher forces.Dagnis Roziņš, Citi Zēni saxophonist
As well as this, the band’s bassist Roberts Memmēns said that the boys had set out to try new things for their new audience.
“When creating the arrangement of the song, we looked for solutions to surprise our listeners. Until now, ‘Citi Zēni’ had never collaborated with a choir, but it seems that this song fits the sense of togetherness that singing in a choir provides.
This time we could not afford a choir, so I sang all the men’s parties myself. In total, there are 190 voices that can be heard at the end of the song at the same time.”Roberts Memmēns, Citi Zēni bassist and producer
Listen to “Lieka Štuka” on streaming paltforms
You are also able to listen to the song via the following streaming platforms.
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Latvia’s Eurovision journey
Latvia made their Eurovision debut in 2000, finishing 3rd with “My Star” by Brainstorm. They have performed at every contest since and managed to win in 2002. Marie N sang “I Wanna,” scoring 176 points and bringing Eurovision to Riga in the process. Latvia also managed to finish in the top 10 two more times, in 2005 and 2015. Latvia’s most recent entry on the Eurovision stage was Citi Zēni, who performed “Eat Your Salad”. The song failed to qualify from the semi-final, finishing 14th with 55 points.
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News Source: Citi Zēni
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