Stream Merely’s ‘Libertine’ for Free

Swedish singer Merely, aka Kristin Florell, has shared a free stream of ‘Libertine’ from her forthcoming album Uncanny Valley, out on June 17 on Sincerely Yours.

Florell’s angelic vocals provide a counterpoint to the song’s apocalyptic lyrics.

“Roboticist Masahiro Mori states that when robots approach human behavior and appearance the general response is positive in an ascending scale until a point just before the robot looks completely human. At that moment, the scale makes a deep dive into a valley where many experience a feeling of disgust and discomfort. What happens if you get lost in this valley? That’s what happened to me.

Everything seems so fake. It’s almost not noticeable at times, but deep down inside, it feels wrong. In the mirror a strange creature looks back at you. You should trust yourself, trust your instincts. Then everything will be fine because you are honest. But what if your instinct tells you everything is made up? Shouldn’t you trust yourself then? Humans look like shadows, everything so empty. It feels off somehow, like in a nightmare when details of faces and environments look weird. Strange sounds leave my mouth. The more I think about it, the deeper the valley seems. How do I leave this place?” she said in a statement.

Uncanny Valley is the follow-up to Florell’s 2014 debut Nirvana. The new album has a darker sound than the futuristic pop found on Nirvana.

1. Ice Cube
2. Yang (with JJ)
3. Backdraft
4. Silver Fox
5. Limestone Corridor
6. Vantablack
7. Paramount
8. Leap Through Time (with Zhala)
9. Soft Balm
10. Libertine
11. Apocrypha (with Quiltland)

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