It is always so gratifying to come across an artist whose work becomes our secret refuge. We become subconsciously selfish, wanting to keep their magic all to ourselves. Swedish-native Elina is the poetic embodiment of these qualities, and her new single, “Mirage,” will become your best-kept secret, but not for long.
Elina has built a career primarily on songwriting, penning songs for artists such as Zara Larsson, Astrid S, Maroon 5 and SZA, to name a few. With multiple Swedish nominations under her belt, including the Ivor Novello Award, Denniz Pop Awards and a win for “Song of the Year” in 2017 at the Swedish Publishing Awards, Elina has established herself not only as an eloquent songwriter but also as a progressive voice of the future.
“Mirage” is the fourth single from the songstress and shows ELINA in her most vulnerable state. Melodious and well-written, the song is raw and honest, showing her vocal versatility and skillful lyrics. In an Instagram post, she wrote,
“Love and happiness is definitely not always easy as we all know. With that said, I truly believe that one of the most powerful ways of helping each other through times of self-doubt and hardships is to TALK, and share the stuff in life that we’re not so proud of even if it’s scary not knowing what others may think of us. This ‘Mirage’ song is about being at your most fragile state. I think it’s important to let these feelings into the spotlight sometime.”
The song finds ELINA crooning for an old flame, describing the nostalgia that comes post-breakup. Reminiscing on the relationship, she sings “I would shed my blood to unfuck this up/ to move out of the shadows/ but I just stay put,” and “You see I’m a bit unstable/ twenty drinks a night to/ hide that I can’t stand not having you.” The lyrics dive deep, painting the story of a helpless attempt to win back a lover who has already found someone else. ELINA excels at telling this story and takes us along for a journey that breaks our hearts in the process.
With a debut EP planned for the Spring, ELINA has only just scratched the surface of her artistic ability. Check out “Mirage” below: