Arlo Parks releases “Blades”: an infectious new track destined to move you.
The highly anticipated sophomore album from Arlo Parks, My Soft Machine‘Blades’ is the final taste of how the album will sound. Released on Wednesday, the upbeat dance track is the third single from the album, inspired by the likes of Kaytranada, ESG, and ’70s psychedelic rock. ‘Blades’ moves away from the sound of previous singles ‘Weightless’ and ‘Impurities’, which were highly acclaimed by the audience, and touches on the disco genre. The single was accompanied by a video directed by Bedroom, who also worked on the “Too Good” music video.
Arlo worked with producer Paul Epworth for the piece, and the duo created a synthesis-driven song that was perfect for the summer. His debut album, ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’, which won the Hyundai Mercury Prize in 2021, is directed with dreamy instruments and emotional lyrics that capture joy, pain and heartbreak. However, ‘Blades’ moves away from this sound and conveys Arlo’s excitement to make a song that you can lose yourself in.
“I finally wanted to do something I could dance to because I feel like my songs generally don’t have that quality.”
The story Arlo tells focuses on reconnecting with an old friend who may have unspoken feelings in the friendship.
“I hope you know that I, I don’t know what to do because I just want to be with you”
‘Blades’ emphasizes crossing those boundaries that make you shy away from talking about your feelings, and Arlo captures a sense of longing with these words. On the bridge, Arlo conveys his feelings through spoken poetry, which fits the disco sound beautifully.
My Soft Machine it will also be a very personal recording for Arlo describing his experiences in his 20s. The album is expected to be a representation of the singer’s current life and show the growth she has experienced over the past few years.
“Our view of the world is filled with the greatest things we experience – our traumas, our upbringing, our vulnerabilities almost like visual snow. This record is life passing through my lens, through my body – anxiety in my mid-20s, substance abuse from friends around me, the innards of falling in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and grief and self-sabotage and joy, moving through worlds curiosity and sensitivity – this What is it like to be trapped in a private body?”
To coincide with the album’s release, Arlo will put on a series of record store performances in May, along with a headline tour in the UK and Europe in September.
Arlo Parks is one of the most honest songwriters to emerge in the last few years, and we can’t wait to see where he goes. My Soft Machine.
by words Amelia Garrett