Arlo Parks has unveiled her second studio album ‘My Soft Machine’.
The 22-year-old singer – who won the 2021 Mercury Prize with ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ – will release the follow-up on May 26 and has given fans a taste of what’s to come with the ethereal lead single ‘Weightless’.
Speaking about the meaning behind the song, she said, “’Weightless’ surrounds the painful experience of caring deeply for someone who only gives you little breadcrumbs of affection. It’s about suddenly realizing that a person has dulled your sharpness and starting the slow journey back to a smarter version of yourself.”
Arlo explores some dark topics on the emotional LP, including “anxiety in my mid-twenties, the substance abuse of friends around me, the guts of being in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and grief.”
She shared: “The world/our view of it is laced with the biggest things we go through – our traumas, upbringing, vulnerabilities almost like visual snow. This record is life through my lens, through my body – the anxiety of my mid-20s, the substance abuse of friends around me, the guts of being in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and sadness and self-sabotage and joy, going through it worlds of wonder and sensitivity – what it’s like to be trapped in this particular body. There’s a quote from a Joanna Hogg movie called ‘Souvenir’, it’s a semi-autobiographical A24 movie starring Tilda Swinton – it tells of a young film student who falls in love with an older, charismatic man as a young film student and then becomes drawn to his addiction – in an early scene he explains why people watch movies – “we don’t want to see life as it happens, 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’.”
Phoebe Bridgers can be heard on the track ‘Pegasus’, the only duet on the 12 track LP.
The tracklist of ‘My Soft Machine’:
5. “Purple Phase”
7.’Pegasus’ ft. Phoebe Bridgers
10. “I’m Sorry”
11.’Room (Red Wings)’