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She's found the spotlight after participating a reality TV show 'Vain Elämää' that is very popular here in Finland. The format originates from Netherlands and has been used in other European countries as well. It shows seven artist of different ages and genres gather together for a week and sing covers of the other artists' songs. Sanni was last seasons young new pop-singer. I actually didn't even watch that season, since I had zero interest in most of the artists. But suddenly Sanni's music started playing everywhere. Then she released her newest single with quite catchy a title that sparked heated conversation in the yellow papers and social media ('heated' in Finnish standards, it really wasn't anythign that big of a deal) and I became very intriqued to see - and listen- what the fuss was about. And before long I had her albums on shuffle from Spotify when I was riding a bus and dragged Valentine to see her at a club.
So, what is the fuss about?
She's a young singer-songwriter who makes her own songs, which always gets a truckload of extra credits from me. She has a fun nasal voice ( not everyone's cup of tea, I understand) and a nice attitude. Her songs are very contemporary and mostly won't stand well against time, but right this moment they have funny lyrics and good catch-phrases. But she mentions a lot of modern medias etc in her lyrics, like Netflix and Tinder and once those die out, the lyrics become historical.
Anyway, let's get to my top 6 songs from Sanni, with commentary from me:
Number 6: Sotke mut
"Mess me up" is a song about a relationship that "feels like S&M" according to the artist. I always feel like this song is about letting go and really throwing yourself into the moment and getting messy in a relationship.
I just like the chorus:
Mess up my hair
Melt my mind
Mess up my face
You know you want to
Number 5: Me ei olla enää me
"We aren't us anymore" is an after-breakup song. Closely related in theme is this other single 2080-luvulla, which didn't make the cut into the top6.
This song is about an ex-couple who meet again and seem to still share the same circle of friends, maybe even be friends still.
Catchy rhymes and a theme one can relate to, making it the number 5.
Because we aren't us anymore
We're buying Christmas presents for some one else
You don't belong to me anymore
Because we aren't us anymore
Number 4: Että mitähän vittua
I can't really properly translate that title, but closest might be "What the fuck?!" XD It is a phrase commonly said (at least among younger people) in a situation that really baffles you but feels humouristic. This is the latest single she's released and the one with the 'omg how can she say that word in a song that my young kids listen to?!'-title. Must be said though that her music is not really meant for small kids as such. On her first album she has a song named 'Kokaiini' (Cocaine) that describes how the relationships feels addictive and damaging like using drugs.
Anyways, this song is actually quite funny, when you really listen to it. It tells of a (young) woman whose partner is cheating on her. She sees the signs but kinda refuses to believe them.
The rhymes are actually quite innovating and the music is catchy and something you (at least I) want to dance to.
The chorus translates to something like this:
And what the fuck
I'm running out of humour
It's nice to have friends
but friends don't make hickies
What the fuck
Soon teeth will start to fall (lego=tooth in slang)
Your drunken french kisses
I heard some stories about
Number 3: Jos mä oon oikee
"If I'm real" would be a decent translation of the title. It is from her first album.
This is the first song I ever heard from this artist and back then, although I liked the song, I didn't ever remember the name of the artist. I just always remembered this as the 'Chtulhu-song' as she repeats that iä-iä-iä at the chorus XD Or as the ghost-song, since the lyrics go like something like this:
If I'm real
Why they walk through me on the streets
If I'm real
Why can't I remember even my own name (iä-iä iä-iä)
Maybe I breathe?
I heard her describe this song in a Spotify interview where she told this song tells about how sometimes you feel totally invisible and no one pays any attention to you. Without that, this song might have been higher on my list, since I would really have loved this song as a sing sung by a real ghost, like it first seemed to me.
Anyway, I have no idea how this music video of her making out with the boy relates to either interpretation of the lyrics...
Other one point that makes me cringe everytime with this song is how she sorta laughs in the rap part. If she had just kept it desperate and moody all to the end, it would have been more of an impact.
Number 2: LELU
Edit. Found a better quality video!
Lelu = toy in Finnish. A very weird fan-made music video XD But it was the only one I could find... I also would recommend listening to this in Spotify or something since the sound quality is not the greatest.
Anyways! This song is the titular song of her second album. It is about a relationship kept in secret and where the other uses the singer from their own pleasures whenever they want. It is sort of the story of the booty-called. The singer feels like she's just a toy that is being played with, but although she feels derogated, she puts up with it.
I like the samples playing in this one and although the subject is more grim, I still find myself playing this one over and over again.
Number 1: Supernova
I was shuffling through her songs and when the chorus started, I was sold! (The bridge begins the first time at 0:37 of the video above.)
This song is autobiographical for Sanni and tells of a girl who makes/has made mistakes but who embraces the scars they have given her. It is a very much feel-good song for anyone who has ever felt like they were broken or lived too far on the edge.
I don't really relate to the lyrics, at all in fact. My life has not had that many hiccups and I've always been a 'good girl' as opposed to this smoking evil teen of the song ;) It still doesn't stop me from appreciating the song and feeling uplifted! :)