Kerli (EP)

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Kerli
Kerliep.jpg
EP by Kerli
Released October 16, 2007
Genre Electropop, pop rock, alternative rock
Length 14:28
Label Stolen Transmission, Island
Producer David Maurice, Lester Mendez
Kerli chronology
Kerli
(2007)
Love Is Dead
(2008)

Kerli is the debut self-titled EP by Estonian singer-songwriter Kerli. It was released on October 16, 2007, 17 through Stolen Transmission in association with the artist's label Island Records. After being signed to Island in 2006, Kerli began producing her debut album Love Is Dead and released the EP as a teaser for the album. The music from the EP is influenced by genres such as electropop, alternative rock, and pop rock while its lyrical topics include individuality and rebellion. From the three-song release, which contains the cover of Bauhaus' "She's in Parties", "Walking on Air" and "Love Is Dead" were later included in Love Is Dead (2008). Kerli received a positive review for its musical diversity.

Background and composition[edit]

In June 2006, Estonian singer-songwriter Kerli signed a record deal with Island Records after auditioning to L.A. Reid and began the development of her then upcoming debut album Love Is Dead,[1] whose producers include David Maurice and Lester Mendez.[2] She released her self-titled debut extended play (EP) as a digital download through Stolen Transmission on October 16, 2007 as a teaser for Love Is Dead;[3][4] a promotional CD containing the songs was also released through Island.[5]

Musically, the album contains songs from genres such as electropop, pop rock and alternative rock and lyrically, they are about individuality and rebellion. "Walking on Air" is a semi-autobiographical track which portrays "a little girl wishing to use her talents to find a better life" and has synth rhythms in its production. "Love Is Dead" talks about a lost love, with lyrics like "All I want, all I want is right here / But love don't live here anymore". Kerli has described the song as "hard and dark enough, yet beautiful and light." "She's in Parties" is a Bauhaus cover with "industrial, chugging guitars and augmented strings", compared to the original version.[3][6] Both "Walking on Air" and "Love Is Dead" were later included in Love Is Dead (2008).[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Tan The Man from Blogcritics gave the EP a positive review in 2007. He noted that the "musical variety in this EP is interestingly diverse, and it’ll be exciting to hear what Kerli has planned next."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Physical & Digital Tracklisting[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Walking on Air" Mendez 4:29
2. "Love Is Dead"
Maurice 4:38
3. "She's in Parties" Daniel Ash, David J, Kevin Haskins, Peter Murphy   5:21
Total length: 14:28

Credits and personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kerli Shakes Up European Pop With Island Release "Love Is Dead"". Universal Music Group. 2008-04-04. Archived from the original on 2012-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Kerli: Love Is Dead". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2012-10-13. For the credits list, click the 'Credits' button at the top of the page. 
  3. ^ a b c Tan The Man (2007-12-22). "Music Review: Kerli - Kerli EP". Blogcritics (Technorati). Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Amazon.com: EP: Kerli". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  5. ^ Kerli (Media notes). Kerli. Island Records. 2007. ISLR 16843-2. 
  6. ^ "Kerli - Kerli - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 

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