The band represented Latvia at Eurovision 2023 with the ballad ‘Aijä’

One of the most streamed Latvian indie rock bands, Sudden Lights, isn’t resting on the laurels of Eurovision and drops single after single. Founded in 2012, the group is now more solid than ever, with Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis delivering vocals, Mārtiņš Matīss Zemītis on drums, Kārlis Matīss Zitmanis in charge of the guitar and Kārlis Vārtiņš on bass. They have just released a new track, titled ‘Eastern European Dream’.

We all know what “American dream” means but what is “Eastern European dream” all about? Introducing the song, Sudden Lights told Delfi:

“We as a society in the Baltic States constantly live on thin ice, we still haven’t been able to forget our Soviet past, and we still have to fear the outbreak of war in our countries. In this song, we wish that we could live our lives, love each other and do what we want without fear. The American dream is to become rich and famous, but the Eastern European dream is just to be free.”

Be sure to check out the new song below:

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Not only is ‘Eastern European Dream’ socially acute, their Eurovision 2023 song ‘Aijä’ was a reference to the turbulent times and the ongoing war in Ukraine. At Tallinn Music Week conference on Saturday, April 6, radio and TV host at LRT, Ramunas Zilnys reminded that the group’s Eurovision song referred to the war-tainted present and the need of comforting each other. Sometimes you just want to sing yourself to sleep through these hard days and not wake up until the horrible period is over.

Check out a snippet of the band’s acoustic performance of ‘Aijä’ at Tallinn Music Week below:

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