Merely AKA: Kristina Florell, a classicaly trained instrumentalist and vocalist based in Stockholm, Sweden. The multi-artist recently released her new single “I’m Your Lover,” via YEAR0001.
“To me, the track captures the sense of adventure and possibility that loving someone can bring,” says Merely of the new song, crafted with her partner recently in isolation. She continues, “I wrote my lyrics and recorded the song over one evening and the following day. It felt very much like a stream of counsciousness.”
“I’m Your Lover” is written and executive produced by Merely with additional production by Ikaros. The song marks Merely’s second new work since her 2019 album Hatching the Egg, which saw critical acclaim from Aesthetica Magazine, Clash, Dummy and Paste Magazine, who describe the project as a “transfer of energy rather than a collection of songs…it cuts deep into the soul.”
Through experimentation with electronic production environments and digital techniques, she started sharing music as Merely in 2012 and has since released three studio albums for Swedish labels Sincerely Yours and YEAR0001.
As a songwriter, composer and producer, Florell mixes layers and blurs the borders between the organic and digital, building vast, airy soundscapes and ethereal harmonies that are rooted in contemporary pop and dance music. The poetic and emotional elements serve as the foundation in her music, where nothing is completely literal, but rather personal, sincere and equivocal. Florell is also one third of the Swedish trio Team Rockit and a member of the trance project Chariot.