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Arlo Parks

My Soft Machine

    My Soft Machine is a deeply personal body of work; a narration of Parks’ experiences as she navigates her 20’s and the growth intertwined. Explained ever-articulately in her own words below...

    “The world/our view of it is peppered by the biggest things we experience - our traumas, upbringing, vulnerabilities almost like visual snow. This record is life through my lens, through my body - the mid 20s anxiety, the substance abuse of friends around me, the viscera of being in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and grief and self sabotage and joy, moving through worlds with wonder and sensitivity - what it’s like to be trapped in this particular body. There is a quote from a Joanna Hogg film called the Souvenir, it’s an A24 semi-autobiographical film with Tilda Swinton - it recounts a young film student falling in love with an older, charismatic man as a young film student then being drawn into his addiction - in an early scene he’s explaining why people watch films - “we don’t want to see life as it is played out we want to see life as it is experienced in this soft machine.” So there we have it, the record is called....My Soft Machine.” - Arlo Parks

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: The superb Arlo Parks returns following her 2021 Mercury prize win, with a hugely personal and beautifully evocative selection of downbeat synth gems and woozy, wistful R&B. Parks has proved once again that both her songwriting and production talents are endless.

    TRACK LISTING

    Bruiseless
    Impurities
    Devotion
    Blades
    Purple Phase
    Weightless
    Pegasus Ft. Phoebe Bridgers
    Dog Rose
    Puppy
    I'm Sorry
    Room (red Wings)
    Ghost

    Arlo Parks

    Super Sad Generation / Paperbacks

      Hailed by The Guardian as “the hopeful new voice of her super-sad generation” Arlo Parks released her second track in January 2019. At the time of release Arlo told Clash Magazine: "When I look at my generation I see a kaleidoscope of dejection, passion and anxiety – there’s this strange mix of sadness and intimacy that saturates Generation Z. 'Super Sad Generation' was inspired by the time my friends and I sat on the green at sunset, half wine drunk and ugly crying for no reason in particular."

      Lifted from the Super Sad Generation EP ‘Paperbacks’ took its inspiration from Space Song by Beach House and Changeling by DJ Shadow.

      "The British songwriter captures the specifics of being young and messed up like no-one else" - Noisey

      TRACK LISTING

      Super Sad Generation
      Paperbacks

      Arlo Parks

      Cola / George

        Mercury Prize and Brit Award winner Arlo Parks first came to the attention of music press with her debut single ‘Cola’. It’s a breath-taking, tender, poetic and confessional introduction to an artist just eighteen at the time of its release.

        The then London based singer demonstrated soul beyond her years and with 'Cola' the submissive tones of her powerful voice are laid atop slow guitar melodies that beckon you to stop what you're doing and just listen. The track is written about bad love - in Arlo’s words, "Cola is a reminder that betrayal is inevitable when it comes to pretty people that think flowers fix everything".

        ‘George’, an ode to poet Byron was released in 2019 just weeks before signing to Transgressive Records and set Arlo on the path to being one of the most critically acclaimed artists of the year.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Millie says: New material from this shining star we backed from the very beginning. I'm so excited to hear what she's got in store for us next.

        TRACK LISTING

        Cola
        George

        Arlo Parks

        Super Sad Generation - Repress

          The artwork sleeve is reverse board black - and includes the 'London' poem written by Arlo Parks. Artwork sleeve both front and back created by Arlo Parks.

          Includes Sophie.”Sophie' is a song about "crumbling under expectations and feeling helpless, but with a persistent, quiet sense of hope underpinning it”. True to form, it's a melodic and beautifully articulated sonnet, cementing the notion that she is overwhelmingly considered the majestic voice of Generation Z. 

          TRACK LISTING

          Cola
          Super Sad Generation
          Sophie
          Romantic Garbage
          I Like.
          Second Guessing
          George
          Angel's Song
          Paperbacks
          London Poem

          Arlo Parks

          Collapsed In Sunbeams

            Highly anticipated debut from 2020 breakthrough artist, London-based musician and poet Arlo Parks Speaking about her LP, Arlo says "My album is a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding my adolescence and the people that shaped it. It is rooted in storytelling and nostalgia - I want it to feel both universal and hyper specific." 



            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: As a debut album, ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ is about as perfect as you're going to get. The breadth of talent and refined groove present throughout is astounding, and perfectly measured. A beautifully soulful and comfortingly modern endeavour.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Collapsed In Sunbeams
            2. Hurt
            3. Too Good
            4. Hope
            5. Caroline
            6. Black Dog
            7. Green Eyes
            8. Just Go
            9. For Violet
            10. Eugene
            11. Bluish
            12. Portra 400


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