Today we meet a very unusual young lady, with an awesome voice. Kerli Kõiv hails from Elva, Estonia. Like so many of the singers from the Nordic countries she just uses the one name, Kerli. She is a singer/songwriter/record producer.
Kerli has been singing for quite a while now and has evolved through various genres up to her current one of Transcendental Electronic Music. Kerli has written many songs for herself she also had two songs which she co-wrote for the album Utopia ~ “Skyscraper” and “I Feel Immortal” ~ that were later recorded by Demi Lovato and Tarja Turunen.
Me, personally I am liking her new persona. Oh and did I mention, she’s cute.
So enough of the background, as we always say, let’s get to the music.
On this first one let’s hear Kerli‘s drift on this awesome song.
“Diamond Hard is an audiovisual story about true strength and resilience. Appropriately, this is the first release for which I both produced the music and directed the video on my own, marking an important milestone in my journey as an artist.” ~ Kerli
That’s some journey, and some amazing music. Enjoy.
As with the videos from her earlier singles this year (“Feral Hearts” and “Blossom”), the video for “Diamond Hard” is heavily influenced by the nine months Kerli spent in the Estonian forest reconnecting with her roots and her native homeland’s rich culture. Filmed in the town of Loksa, just 50 km north of Tallinn, the imagery within the video alludes to a battle of light vs. dark over a person’s inner spirit and pulls from Estonian folklore and mythology to tell the tale.
Another sublime track, the vocals soar with some outstanding choral backing. One cannot help think of Björk when watching Kerli, but that is not a bad thing. Two amazing talents. The more I am seeing Kerli the more I am impressed by her talents.
“An ode to the plant kingdom, “Blossom” is not just a story of survival, but an audiovisual poem about thriving in the face of obstacles.”
Written by Kerli & Ago Teppand
Produced & Mixed by Ago Teppand
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck
Additional Production by Kerli
Additional Percussion by Kristjan Kallas
Choral arrangement by Kerli
Choir Vocals Ülenurme laulustuudio
In 2015, Kerli left Los Angeles where she had resided since 2008 and returned to her birthplace of Estonia. She sought solitude and the mythical tranquility that could only circulate throughout the lush forested landscapes among the animals, plants, and energies under the Eastern European moon where she first found inspiration as a child.
This deeply personal performance of “Feral Hearts” took place in the forests of Vimsi.
Kerli’s voice soars in this song, she goes through her range pretty much. It is a joy to listen to it.
Feral Hearts (The Sacred Forest Session)