Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams [Streaming]

After dropping a lot of singles in 2020.
Today, one of the most anticipated albums to come out which is Arlo Park‘s Collapsed In Sunbeams out on Transgressive Records.
Thought-provoking & raw emotional lyrics mixed in with retro-soul and bedroom pop music which is refreshing to listen to.
A shining light of a artist for 2021.

About the album:
Arlo Parks 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.”

On a personal level, Parks struggled with her identity growing up; a self-confessed tom-boy who was super sensitive and “uncool,” she says it was like “I’m a black kid who can’t dance for shit, listens to emo music and currently has a crush on some girl in my Spanish class.” By the time she reached 17, she shaved her head, figured out she was bisexual and produced/wrote an album’s worth of material.

Growing up in South West London, half Nigerian, a quarter Chadian and a quarter French, Arlo Parks learned to speak French before English. A quiet child, she’d write short stories and create fantasy worlds, later journaling and then obsessing over spoken word poetry, reading American poets such as Ginsberg and Jim Morrison and watching old Chet Baker performances on YouTube.

These days she references Nayyirah Waheed, Hanif Abdurraqib and Iain S. Thomas as her favorite modern poets, and it is clear that their works are as influential on her song-writing as any musician. Books too, such as The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Parks says, “the way Murakami writes in that book is how I aspire to write my songs; gritty and sensitive and human.”


Collapsed in Sunbeams gets:
/10.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.