“Kalush and Rasmus took the idea from the legendary Beatles in the video: the result is impressive
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Kalush Orchestra and The Rasmus have reloaded the 2003 Finns hit with a stylish video for In The Shadows of Ukraine about the Russian-Ukrainian war.
The world-famous Finnish rockers The Rasmus and the Ukrainian rap group Kalush Orchestra, the winner of Eurovision 2022, released a joint composition based on the 2003 Finnish super hit “In The Shadows of Ukraine” a week ago. Prior to this, a similar track 2Step was released jointly by our rock band “Antitelya” and the famous British singer Ed Sheeran, as well as the composition Hey Hey Rise Up, recorded by Pink Floyd and Boombox leader Andrei Khlyvnyuk – based on the folk song “Oh u luzi Chervona viburnum”.
The idea to work together with Kalush Orchestra and The Rasmus came to them while participating in the Eurovision 2022 international song contest. The Ukrainians got acquainted with the Finns at the pre-party of the competition. Finnish rockers then emotionally expressed support for our musicians, showing full solidarity with Ukraine – against a full-scale invasion of the country by the Russian Armed Forces.
Ukrainians and Finns gave a joint street concert in Turin, where Eurovision was held, and, as the musicians of both bands recall, magic appeared.
Oleg Psyuk, 28, then remarked: “All Ukrainians of my age and a little older remember The Rasmus track “In the Shadows” well. I was 17 when I first heard it and turned it on repeat. I would never have thought that I was not only I will meet The Rasmus in person, but also work on a new version of this iconic song.” The Kalush Orchestra approached Finnish rock stars with the idea of a mash-up version of Stefania, The Shadows, Jezebel.
“Playing the flute combined with the beatbox gave me goosebumps. We were all inspired to create something new for the record,” The Rasmus guitarist Eero Heinonen commented on the collaboration.
And now the musicians presented a collaboration on the cult track under the new name In The Shadows Of Ukraine.
“Combining the legendary rock song with the unique sound of Ukrainian folk, we created In The Shadows of Ukraine. The original line from the song: “They say that I must learn to kill before I can feel safe, but I'd rather kill myself than become their slave” – reflect the feelings of Ukrainians during the war in their country,” the Finns commented on this work under the video.
After the famous chorus in English, the song ended successfully with a rap recitative by Kalush Orchestra soloist Oleg Psyuk:
“To hurt heartily in our little girl
Don't cry dearly, our hour is near!
I’ll get up early, a bunch of old people
The sun is coming, all the little witches will ring out!”
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The video was directed by Ukrainian clip maker Leonid Kolosovsky. He is known for creating many iconic clips, in particular for Potap and Nastya, he shot “Bumdiggibay”, and for the duet “Time and Glass” – “Name 505”. The video for the last song is one of the most record-breaking Ukrainian music videos: it was the first among the productions of domestic stars to overcome the YouTube mark of 200 million views. To date, 261 million people have watched it.
Kolosovsky made a conceptual black and white clip. Two musical groups play in a modern concrete room. After the panoramas of Ukraine, various national images arise, but the central one is a girl in folk attire – in a wreath and embroidered shirt, personifying Ukraine.
Then we see her in a beam of light, and from the darkness dozens of black hands of orc invaders reach out to her – on their faces are masks of maniacs. In the clip, stripes of darkness and light alternate in an interesting way. In one of the sheaves of rays, a soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine appears, then a Cossack with a saber and a UPA warrior. A girl in a long embroidered shirt crawls away in horror in a strip of light farther and farther away from the black enemy hands. But then the Cossack passes her saber from hand to hand. On the wall we see shadow-silhouettes: the girl stops retreating, rushes forward, brandishing her saber – the orc's head flies away. The director decided to present the development of the Russian-Ukrainian war in the form of a series of metaphorical characters.
At the end of the video, the Ukrainian girl raises her saber menacingly above her, and around her, as on the cover of the cult album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band of the Beatles, many characters gathered: a Cossack, a UPA warrior, an elderly woman with an icon, children in embroidered shirts, and Ukrainian and Finnish musicians themselves.
In general, the work is done not without scale. After this composition, which successfully combines Ukrainian folk, hip-hop and rock, Ukrainian rappers and Finnish rockers plan to record a number of tracks.