Shadow Works is the third third mainstream studio album by Kerli, considering Utopia as her second, as it was intended to be. Kerli announced via PledgeMusic that the album will be released on February 22, 2019.


Kerli revealed the official album artwork for Shadow Works from November 27, 2018, to December 4, through social media. The artwork was shot by Estonian photographer Jörgen Paabu. The cover depicts Kerli standing, in a black dress, in front of a full black background. She is holding two Ankhs, an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that was most commonly used to represent the word for "life" and, by extension, as a symbol of life itself. The waxing crescent moon on top of Kerli’s head symbolises a new beginning, a moment where people can send their desires to the world, a positive message of hope.

For the logo, some Greek letters are being used: "Ξ" instead of "E" and "Δ" instead of "A". Futhermore, the symbol for bilabial click "ʘ" substitutes the letter "O".

Release and promotionEdit

After scrapping the 2016/2017 album, Kerli decided to begin a new project. Via PledgeMusic her team announced that the first single Savages, off the new version of the third album, will be released on November 30, 2018 and the album on February 22, 2019.


  • Savages was the first single, released on November 30, 2018.
  • Upcoming second single.
  • Upcoming third single.


# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. The Opening of the Way (Intro) 1:51
2. Mimicry 4:34
3. Everybody Bleeds the Same 4:02
4. Savages Kerli Kõiv, David Dahlquist, Even Sarucco Kill Dave, Cyrus Saidi* 3:09
5. One 3:20
6. Purification (Interlude) 1:04
7. Legends 2:58
8. Where the Dark Things Are Varien 3:40
9. Better 3:44
10. Giving Up the Ghost 4:12
11. Tuleloits Kõiv 6:08
12. Shadow Works (Outro) 3:43


  • * denotes executive producer

Credits and personnelEdit

  • Brian Malouf - programmer, mixer (4)
  • Cyrus Saidi - executive producer (4)
  • David Dahlquist – composer, piano, guitar, programming (4)
  • Even Sarucco - composer (4)
  • Jörgen Paabu - photographer, cover art
  • Kerli Kõiv – composer (4, 11) background and lead vocals, vocals production, piano, guitar, programming (4)
  • Kill Dave - producer (4)
  • Nicolas Karl "Varien" Pittsinger - producer (8)

Labels and publishing companies

  • Atlas Music Publishing (4)
  • Tiny Cute Monster (4)
  • TONO (NCB) (4)
  • Seeking Blue
  • Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) (4)


Self portrait seriesEdit