I'm proud of the fact that I was one of the first bloggers to write about Kerli back in 2008. From the moment I heard "Walking On Air", I was hooked. The Estonian diva brought something fresh and interesting to the table and her debut album, while somewhat hit-and-miss, had its fair share of decent tracks. But then I saw her perform "live" last year in Chicago. I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to PAs in packed gay nightclubs but this was one of the worst performances I've ever seen. She shuffled on stage looking like Baby Spice on crystal meth, mimed a couple of songs while staring at her feet and ran away at the end without as much as a wave to the crowd. Fuck that.
So when her latest single dropped I didn't even bother with it until curiosity got the better of me. I'm incredibly annoyed to admit that it's incredibly brilliant. In fact, "Zero Gravity" is one of the best pop songs I've heard all year. The heavy techno-beats - complete with subtle dub-step breakdown at the end - are the perfect foil for bubblegoth pioneer's fragile voice and, dare I say, beautiful lyrics. Kerli should release an acoustic version to showcase them. The video (below) looks like a remake of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on half the budget and twice the LSD. All is now forgiven and I'm very excited about her sophomore album. I think I'll give her live shows a miss though, at least for the immediate future.