“I wanted the album to be about the kinds of conversations and situations and people that have made me who I am today,” Arlo Parks told Apple Music in August 2020. “It made sense to be looking at things from the past, but it was definitely strange. I think I did have to make a lot more effort to inspire myself, almost.” A struggle for inspiration hasn’t been apparent in anything the South Londoner has put out into the world so far. Since translating her teen poetry into confessional pop, Parks has struck a certain type of gold. It’s not just her poetry she’s translated into gorgeous music, it’s the vulnerability and exhilaration of our teen years—all done in a way that feels beautifully relatable. “I kind of try and make the hyper-specific universal, as it were,” she says. “I always like the verses to go into detail and be very visual and paint the picture, and then the chorus be something that everyone can hold on to and attach meaning to.” Dive into standout tracks including “Hurt”, “Black Dog” and “Eugene” now—and pre-add the album to be the first to hear it when it’s due to be released on 29 January.
Collapsed in Sunbeams
12 SONGS, 40 MINUTES
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