Mallory Merk is only 20, but her music reflects a hard-won maturity. The singer/songwriter has grown up in public over the last few years, with her face emblazoned on billboards and her music lighting up streaming services. Now, she's ready to release a new project of laid-back, R&B-influenced songs that pair classic songwriting ideals with unapologetically honest lyrics. Born in Louisiana and raised in New Jersey, Mallory embarked on her music career early. She began with poetry as a kid, and when guitar and piano came into the mix, she transitioned to songwriting. At the same time, she spent her early teen years embarking on a modeling career. She landed in Kanye West's Yeezy zine at 14 and went on to model for brands like Fenty and Gucci and become a muse for renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath. Once established in fashion, Mallory pursued music more rigorously. In 2016, her cover of Drake's late-night lament "Marvin's Room" became a viral sensation. Over the years, Mallory released the occasional project, but at 16, she relocated to Los Angeles and renewed her commitment to making music, eventually signing to Zack Bia and James Canton's Field Trip label and starting work with producer Dan Farber. Her writing led to what became Mallory's debut EP Strangers, which came out in the fall of 2020. Mallory's new songs are more focused on what makes the artist herself tick. Blossoming out of a tense guitar arpeggio, "EVOL" is a peek into Mallory's creative process wrapped in a track that brims with tension, with swooning backing vocals setting the mood as she sings of being conflicted about penning "another love song." Mallory digs deep, but her new work still displays the lyrical and musical playfulness she’s made her trademark. The songs are mature but curious, built around a sunny sound that could have been beamed out of a ’70s Southern California AM radio station. Mallory's growth as a person and a songwriter makes her new music alive with purpose and truth—whether she's trying to pin down the definition of "love" or share what’s behind her sly smile.