Today, Swedish artist and renowned songwriter Elina (real name Elina Stridh) has released her anticipated sophomore EP, Remember. The EP can be streamed in full now here. A project that has blossomed alongside a string of gorgeous singles released starting fall 2019, the EP marks a distinct period of growth and self-realization for the budding artist and songwriter. Elina notes:
"This EP is all about embracing change. About accepting that everything is transient. I’ve had a complicated relationship to change all my life and I’ve learned this about myself more than ever while writing these songs. They reflect a lot of what’s been going on in my own head and in my personal life this past year. It’s been therapeutic as always, writing alongside life. I’ve started letting go of the control I try to have over the uncontrollable. I’ve started taking care of my mental health in several ways. I think I’ve become a little more aware of the root of the anxiety I’ve had over the past few years and I’ve found new ways to cope with it. Even though there is a sentimental undertone to the music I want this chapter to be a bright one. I want it to spark new ways of thinking, just like it did for me. The end of something is always the beginning of something else. We love, let go and love again. We make new memories, find new paths. We’re all on a constant journey trying to navigate through life, and with every experience, we become a little wiser. I want to reach a point where I can stand before change without being scared of it. It is so important to be true to yourself and not stay in places, with people or in situations where you don’t feel happy. Most of the time it’s just the monsters in our own head stopping us from exploring the love and happiness out there for us."
The Remember EP is the pinnacle of a breakout year for Elina, whose songs have garnered 150MM+ Spotify streams and counting. Approaching her songwriting from a more stripped-back, organic angle, the EP is a stunning collection of lyrically-rich, delicately understated pop gems. The first taste of the EP came fall 2019 with the gorgeous, folk-inspired single "Free," which was featured on multiple Spotify 'New Music Friday' playlists and saw love from outlets like 1883 Magazine and EUPHORIA. Single "Another Round" followed, which Ladygunn praised, noting, "The piano driven song is soaked with Elina’s raw voice." Elina kicked off 2020 with single "Paper Planes," which saw love from Flaunt, who proclaimed that Elina "[combines] her hauntingly beautiful voice with her lyrical finesse in her new tour de force." Watch the "Paper Planes" official video here. Spring 2020 single "Blue" is another intimate, lyrical masterpiece, drawing love from Complex, who called the song a "stripped-back piece that sets her delicate vocals against an acoustic guitar as she tells her tale of finding closure in the wake of a break-up."
Before debuting her artist project in April 2018, Elina had already made an impression as a highly sought-after songwriter, penning hits for artists such as Zara Larsson, Astrid S, NEIKED ("Sexual"), among many more.