Spirit Animal is a song performed by Kerli, composed by her and Vespertine. On November 8, 2016, it was revealed that Kerli competed in Eesti Laul 2017. Kerli premiered the song on December 15 on Elu24. It was released on the same date on YouTube, and it was made available on digital retailers and streaming on December 16, making it the fourth single for her upcoming second studio album. On February 3, Kerli performed the song on Etv, making interviews about it. She performed Spirit Animal on February 5, for the second semi-final of Eesti Laul 2017, that aired on 18. On March 4, the song competed in the final and obtaining the second place. The song will not have a music video, because, with the lack of a budget, the performances at Eesti Laul 2017 were very expensive to make and costed Kerli a lot.
The song can be downloaded for free as a holiday gift here.
Kerli said that the song was partly created in the forest of Estonia. Brian Ziff, answering a question on Tumblr, stated:
Kerli is the most unhindered and unequivocally brilliant creative force I’ve ever encountered. Making anything with her is mostly an exercise in trying to stay out of her way and assisting in whatever small way you can. In this case, I had the verse of the song written and produced, and she took it and kept the vocal and instrumental melody, a couple of the lyrics, and expanded it into a complete vision. I only came back in at the end with some minor production tweaks. The process was bittersweet for a number of reasons, not least of which is that, as with everything else with her, working alongside an actual living genius is in the same breath inspiring, humbling, tantalizing and deflating. Her talent dwarfs yours, irrespective of who you are–you will always be the Salieri to her proverbial Mozart. You have to remember not think yourself so tall whilst standing on the shoulders of giants, but enjoy the time you have in such close proximity to the heavens.
- Main article: Eesti Laul 2017
Kerli performed at the Eesti Laul 2017 on February 5, 2017, competing with the song Spirit Animal, in the second semi-final, that aired on the 18th. On March 4, the song competed in the final and obtaining the second place. Kerli also performed the song at various shows, such as Kuressaare Merepäevad and One Love Fest 2017.
- Lyrics, melody and music by Kerli Kõiv.
- Music and photography by Brian Ziff.
- Production and creative direction by Kerli Kõiv and Brian Ziff.
- Additional production, mixing and mastering by Miklos Malek.
- Eesti Laul 2017 reveals semi finalists. November 8, 2016.
- Ivo Linna, Kerli, Koit Toome ja teised! Vaata, kes pääsesid Eesti Laulu poolfinaali. November 8, 2016.
- Vaata: Kerli Kõiv võrgutab Eesti Laulul paljastavas vintage-kleidis. November 7, 2016.
- Kerli “Spirit Animal” (Official Single Cover). December 15, 2016.
- kerlimusic's photo on Instagram. November 6, 2016.
- Eesti Laul 2017: Kerli - "Spirit Animal". February 3, 2017.
- Kerli: Eesti on minu jaoks hästi spirituaalne koht. February 3, 2017.
- Kerli muusikatööstuse pahupoolest: ühele naisartistile ostis plaadifirma kunstrinnad. February 4, 2017.
- Vlog 22.1.2017 by OfficialKeri on YouTube. January 22, 2017.
- How was the process of making Spirit Animal with Kerli?. vespertinemusic. April 12, 2018. Tumblr.