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Feral Hearts is a song performed by Kerli. The song premiered at Kiek in de Kök in the night of February 18th. She debuted the single, as and indipendent artist, on February 19th, 2016, but it was published nine days before, on Soundcloud. The artwork was revealed on social media on February 12th, and the music video was released on February 25th. On April 8th, a remixes EP featuring three songs was released. On April 26th, Kerli uploaded the music video for a piano version of the song called The Sacred Forest Session, which was available as a free song on Hive.

Background

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. Kerli revealed the cover on social media on February 12.

Release and promotion

On February 18, she premiered the song in the medieval tower of Kiek in de Kök. She performed Feral Hearts, a song in Estonian, and, then, she revealed the music video. On April 26, 2016 Kerli released for free The Forest Sessions track, a piano version of the song.

Track listing

  1. Feral Hearts - 04:38

Free track

  1. Feral Hearts (The Sacred Forest Session) - 05:03

PledgeMusic exclusive

  1. Feral Hearts - 04:38
  2. Feral Hearts (The Sacred Forest Session) - 05:03
  3. Feral Hearts (Audio Commentary) – 04:40
  4. Journey Thorugh the Elven Kingdom - 11:00

Remixes

  1. Feral Hearts (Melvv Remix) - 05:04
  2. Feral Hearts (Fatum Remix) - 03:59
  3. Feral Hearts (Varien Remix) – 04:31
The title of Feral Hearts (The Sacred Forest Session) was before Feral Hearts (The Forest Sessions)
The song Journey Thorugh the Elven Kingdom can be downloaded for free with the Racing Time bundles.

Music video

The music video for Feral Hearts was relased on February 25. Kerli is the creative director and she designed the four characters of the video, meaning the four elements:

  • A butterfly: air
  • A mermaid: water
  • A spider: fire
  • A white stag: earth

The video begin with a view over the forest, then a mirror can be seen and after a blue-dressed girl who, entering a portal made by woods, starts to levitate over the ground, with a lantern in her hand. The music video for Feral Hearts can be downloaded in full HD (1920x1080) with the Racing Time bundles. The video reached 1 million views on August 17, 2016 and 2 millions on March 6th, 2017.

The Mirror

The Portal 222

When the video hit more than 222k views, Kerli published this on her social accounts

Congrats Moon Babies,

you have unlocked the portal 222. Each unlocked portal will give you more insight into the symbolism of the visuals for ‪#‎FeralHearts‬. The Mirror The mirror symbolizes spiritual reflection - fearlessly looking at oneself. As I spent 9 months living in the forest contemplating my past choices and the different paths I could be taking in the future, deep self examination became the key word for my life. Look at the video closely again. It starts and ends with looking at oneself. And once the little girl catches the white stag/her vision, it is surrounded by nothing else but mirrors. Meaning, to achieve your highest potential, one needs to achieve complete and unapologetic self acceptance. The gold is not further outside. It is deeper inside.

Do you look at these mirrors differently now?
— Kerli[1]

The Owl

On 11 March she explained another fact about the music video: the owl.

The owl is a symbol of deep knowledge and intuition. When the spirit of this animal guides you, you can see through illusion and deceit as the owl can see in the dark. Owls are also symbolic of death in many traditions. In most cases however, it should not be taken literally, but rather viewed as a symbolic death - transitioning from one phase of life to another.
— Kerli [2]

Credits

Credits adapted from the music video [3]

  • Creative director: Kerli
  • Director / DOP: Cj Kask
  • Technical director / gaffer: Sven-Erik Mändmaa
  • Editor: Ethan Chancer
  • Production: Widescreen Studios
  • Producer: Anneli Lepp
  • Production manager: Matilde Matvere
  • Location manager: Laura Lisete Roosar
  • Ac: Fil Vinokurov
  • Grip assistants: Magnus Niinemets, Siim-Martin Kaasik
  • Set design: Armin Kohlman, Kristen Raudkats, Joonas Hirv
  • Vfx: Frost Fx
  • Sfx: Rauno Linnamäe
  • Stunts: Enar Tarmo
  • Drone footage: Sander Allikmäe
  • Little girl: Amelie Kubi
  • Mermaid: Celine Kubi
  • Hair: Intersalon (Liina Heck, Maarja Roots, Kaja Seppel)
  • Make-up: Liisa-Chrislin Saleh
  • Nails: Marina Ohotina
  • Character designe / styling: Kerli
  • White stag gown: Liina Stein
  • Spider goddess gown: Triinu Pungits
  • Spider goddess accessories: Tanel Veenre
  • Mermaid tail: Mertailor
  • Flowers and mirrors: Shishi

Special thanks

Special thanks from the music video [4]

  • Piret Kõiv
  • Gaida Talu
  • Kalev Spa Hotel & Water Park
  • Julia Guljajeva
  • Mart Vares
  • Tallink Hotels
  • Egert Kamenik

Audio commentary

Feral Hearts: to me, is a song about going back to the animal parts of ourselves, wich is actually the biggest inspiration on all my new music. This specific song, talks about trusting your istints in the world that is mainly focused on thoughts. You know that got feeling we get about things, but often deny, because we're trying to do the right thing or the smart thing. I really do believe that our bodies are always telling us the truth. Just the voice of istint is so sodle that it often gets lost and not heard, in all the noise of the world. And this noise is most of the time not uplifting or empowering, but quite the opposite: the society seems to be built upon insecurity and competition between human beings. So with the message of this song, I'm trying to remind my moon babies, that we're the carriers of our own torch, and the only ones that know what is true and good for us.

The whole world trying to tame the spark,
but we've got fire burning bright, hidden

I've had a very difficult, but a really wonderful journey this year, that has lead me back to roots and the nature of my homeland Estonia. I [?] moved to live in the forest by myself, and did so for nine months. The noise, the expetation, and the false ideas of living has just taken over to the point where I felt like I had lost myself completely; i needed to let that version of myself die, in order to reconnect with the version of myself that truly believed in magic. Magic was the first thing, that got me making music - creating the community of Moon Children - and magic has always been the secret driving-force behind every lyric that I write, and every vibration that I create. I needed to find that kid in myself again, that was [?] of the night sky. I [?] felt so wounded by the harsh [?] ways, that, for the first mounth in my journey, I didn't do much else but sitting in the forest and talk to the land and the trees. I asked for them to heal me, to empower me, and to remind me of the purity of being: I want to be like them. The trees and the plants, who just grow towards the sunlight and don't have a skin, or a plan, or get approval from other plants to be complete and perfect in their peace. There's so much to learn from plants, and they're completely alive, each one having their own unic spirit, just like people. When it comes to this song, I wanted to lyrically recreate the feeling of wilderness, and not just of this beautiful humans running wild in the untouch nature, but connecting with the [?], untouch part of themselves. I had a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with one of my favourite producers, Lester Mendez, who by the way produced Walking on Air as well, and creates some more nature-enspired art: I feel like all these microbits in this track, are like insects flying around in the woods, and the deep almost ambient drums are reminiscent of the Earth's heartbeat. I couldn't do without the strings either, as nothing gives off in more epic feel, than a beautiful string part, in my opinion.

You are the vision I'm looking for

Make me remember all I forgot
Watch me become just an animal

Naked to nothing more than who we are
I'm wishing all of my moon babies lots of integrety, love and unity and I love you so so so much.

Lyrics

The whole world trying to tame the spark
But we've got fire burning bright, hidden
Catch the shimmer of showering stars
The sky gets dimmer, and your light shows

You are the vision I'm looking for
Make me remember all I forgot
Watch me become just an animal
Naked to nothing more than who we are

Feral hearts in the night
Loving like we've been kept captive
Freed to wild
Feral hearts come alive
Loving like we've been kept captive
Freed to—

Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Feral, feral, feral hearts
Feral, feral, feral hearts

Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Feral, feral, feral hearts
Feral, feral, feral hearts

The whole world trying to blind the way home
But we've shelter deep inside, secret
Tame the whispers of winds as they blow
Feel my shivers in your arms stop

You are the vision I'm looking for
Make me remember all I forgot
Watch me become just an animal
Naked to nothing more than who we are

Feral hearts in the night
Loving like we've been kept captive
Freed to wild
Feral hearts come alive
Loving like we've been kept captive
Freed to—

Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Feral, feral, feral hearts
Feral, feral, feral hearts

Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Feral, feral, feral hearts
Feral, feral, feral hearts

Credits

  • Melody and lyrics by Kerli Kõiv
  • Music by Lester Mendez
  • Produced by Lester Mendez
  • Vox engineered and produced by Kerli Kõiv
  • Mixed by Robert Orton

Gallery

Kerli - Feral Hearts05:27

Kerli - Feral Hearts

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