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Zero Gravity is a song performed by Kerli. She debuted the song during a performance in Chicago in August 2011 and a demo of the studio version premiered on the Seattle radio station C89.5 on September 2 [1]. This song is the promotional single for Kerli's second studio EP.[2]

Composition

Kerli recalled thinking to herself upon hearing of space tourism, specifically the project of Richard Branson (who Kerli admires) "This is incredible! Who would have known I can witness this during my lifetime? I should write a song about this and it should be called 'Zero Gravity'." Kerli began to write the song shortly before abandoning it. A year later, Kerli was scheduled for two studio sessions while in Stockholm. With only five hours remaining in the second session, Kerli "had kinda given up on the idea that any producer would actually get [her] and become [her] musical soulmate" before meeting her "favorite producers and friends for life", Svante Halldin and Jakob Hazell (the team known as "SeventyEight", who also collaborated on The Lucky Ones by Kerli). Kerli played for them the Wolfgang Gartner song "Space Junk" (2010), stating she "wanted to channel that but also mix some ethereal elements into that. Something like Enya or classical music. Something that sounds like angels on acid." The song was finished in the final hours of the session. Kerli stated the lyrics of the song were written in "the honor of" the air spirit, sylph, and that song is about "merging with the spirit, becoming all love", continuing to say she "[loves] the air element and it kinda seems to be something that keeps popping up throughout the music [she makes]."

Hopefully you will feel love when you listen to it cause that's honestly the only kinda emotion I'm into bringing into the world at this point. Hopefully you're coming on this journey with me cause our potential as spiritual beings is limitless and we are meant to be beautiful, full of joy and celebrating every moment of being alive. We're given breath when we're born and it's taken away from us when we die so I don't wanna waste any time not feeling, giving and receiving all the goodness there is.
— Kerli

The song begins with a simple 10-note piano chord before being picked up by a synthy drum beat. The pre-chorus features a dizzying up and down feel before the chorus merges the drum beat with the piano chord and some more prominent synths. The second chorus finds a dubstep-like wobble bass before the bridge brings a heavier take on the pre-chorus's dizzy feel, also containing a drop, drawing further inspiration from dubstep. The song ends with the piano chord.

It’s really funny how Zero Gravity came about.

You all already know what a fan I am of Sir Richard Branson and his vision. So when I heard that everyone who can afford to, will be able to buy a ticket to space, I thought to myself, “This is incredible! Who would have known I can witness this during my lifetime? I should write a song about this and it should be called Zero Gravity.”

I started writing a version of it but I start ideas all the time and move on unless I feel like I have something really special so I kinda left that idea behind.

Fast forward a year, I was in Stockholm after having toured and doing sessions all summer. It was my last day of writing for the trip actually and someone had booked me 2 sessions for that day. I was definitely not excited to write cause I was just exhausted from everything. I did my first session and had like 5 hours to go and do the other session. I walked in and after endless searching of the perfect collaborators, I had kinda given up on the idea that any producer would actually get me and become my musical soulmate. Little did I know that this was the day I was gonna meet my favorite producers and friends for life.

So I walked in and played them Space Junk by Wolfgang Gartner and told them that I wanted to channel that but also mix some etherial elements into that. Something like Enya or classical music. Something that sounds like angels on acid.

Seventy eight sat down and started programming the piano and some beats and I was instantly blown away by how effortless it all was. The melodies just came and 5 hours later we had Zero Gravity written, recorded and produced rom scratch. I actually can’t wait to share all the other music I have done with these guys. They are the future and there’s just this energy in the room when we work together, like we get giddy with excitement cause magic just happens and music comes through.

I always do a lot of research for lyrics, so I order used books from amazon and stuff to find cool worlds from metaphysical and spiritual literature. The lyrics of Zero Gravity are actually written in the honor of Air spirits – sylphs.

I love the air element and it kinda seems to be something that keeps popping up throughout the music I make.

I know it sounds like a love song and that’s intentional but it’s actually about merging with the spirit, becoming all love. Hopefully you will feel love when you listen to it cause that’s honestly the only kinda emotion I’m into bringing into the world at this point. Hopefully you’re coming on this journey with me cause our potential as spiritual beings is limitless and we are meant to be beautiful, full of joy and celebrating every moment of being alive. We’re given breath when we’re born and it’s taken away from us when we die so I don’t wanna waste any time not feeling, giving and receiving all the goodness there is.
— Kerli[3]

Track listing

  1. Zero Gravity - 3:51

Remixes

  1. Zero Gravity (Album Version) – 3:51
  2. Zero Gravity (Extended Version) – 6:33
  3. Zero Gravity (Laidback Luke Remix Edit) – 4:03
  4. Zero Gravity (Laidback Luke Remix) – 5:25
  5. Zero Gravity (Laidback Luke Remix Instrumental) – 5:18
  6. Zero Gravity (Almighty Edit) – 3:35
  7. Zero Gravity (Almighty Extended) – 6:32
  8. Zero Gravity (Ruff Loaderz Dub) – 7:17
  9. Zero Gravity (It's The DJ Kue Edit!) – 4:04
  10. Zero Gravity (It's The DJ Kue Extended Remix!) – 7:05

Music video

Main article: Zero Gravity's music video

The music video premiered on March 22, 2012. It is directed by Canadian director Alon Isocianu. The video begins with Kerli hanging upside down from inside a chrysalis in a forest. Two sylphs wander by and remove her from it. The scene cuts to Kerli singing above clouds in the sky before cutting back to her, now indoors, with the two sylphs who are grooming her. A new scene cuts featuring Kerli as a character which she named "the Sky Princess" performing in front of another character portrayed by herself, "Cosmic Geisha." After the performance, Kerli walks off the stage to meet with her. They each hold out their arms before the glowing sphere in between them explodes. Many creative elements of the music video came from an early treatment written by transmedia artist Jan Lucanus and filmmaker Aurore Barry and developed with Kerli herself. Original designs of the Cosmic Geisha were created by comic book artist Mihailo Vukelic in collaboration with Creative Impulse Entertainment as part of plans for a larger Kerli-themed project.

Lyrics

Feels like coming home
After traveling a million miles
I am not alone
Searching for the starlight in the darkest skies

A complex surface
Laid out right before our eyes
Everything makes sense
Now that you are by my side

I'm as light as I can be
You got me feeling weightless
You take me on an odyssey
You got me feeling weightless

You make me float free
My love for you is endless
No ties are binding me
Oh I'm in zero gravity

Now I'm in zero gravity
Oh I'm in zero gravity

All the pain in me
No more needs to be expressed
Feels like I can breathe
You lift a burden off my chest

Traces of sadness
No more chain me to the ground
I am limitless
Ever since you came around

I'm as light as I can be
You got me feeling weightless
You take me on an odyssey
You got me feeling weightless

You make me float free
My love for you is endless
No ties are binding me
Oh I'm in zero gravity

Now I'm in zero gravity
Oh I'm in zero gravity
Now I'm in zero gravity
Oh I'm in zero gravity

I'm as light as I can be
You got me feeling weightless
You take me on an odyssey
You got me feeling weightless

Gallery

Kerli - Zero Gravity04:00

Kerli - Zero Gravity

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