19-year-old, London-based musician and poet Arlo Parks has been climbing the ranks as an artist to watch since the release of her debut single “Cola”.
Arlo Parks speaks with a voice that all young people can nod along to. Life is an emotional rollercoaster, for sure. Parks sings of both crushes and comedowns.
She has described herself as the “black kid who can’t dance for shit, listens to emo music and currently has a crush on some girl in my Spanish class.”
After signing to Transgressive Records (she’s now label mates with the likes of Foals and Neon Indian), she went on tour with English rapper Loyle Carner and was selected for the BBC Sounds of 2020 longlist.
Arlo Parks is a raconteur who combines smooth, raw vocals with jazz-infused lo-fi beats, culminating in beautiful, confessional bedroom pop tracks – like a perfectly curated indie-coming-of-age film soundtrack.
Imagine if King Krule (a personal fave of Arlo Parks!) jammed with Suzanne Vega (notice those doo-doos in the wonderful “Angel’s Song”) – that sort of gives you an idea of where we are.
Arlo Parks has released two EPs n 2019, Super Sad Generation and Sophie.
She’s a super cool live presence (just watch here), surfing on the chilled and downbeat atmosphere of her tunes delivered by a groovy band. Come and catch her songs about life and love when Arlo Parks plays Roskilde Festival 2020.