Arlo Parks has released her version of the Radiohead track “Creep.” Along with the stunning version, comes a clip directed by Tom Dream as part of his upcoming short film Shy Radicals. The film, made with the support of the BFI Doc Society and the Ridley Scott Creative Group, is a portrait of Hamja Ahsan and the story behind his remarkable book and satirical manifesto, which calls for all shy, quiet, and introverted people to unify and overthrow extrovert-supremacy.
Signed to the Ridley Scott Creative Group’s Black Dog Films, director Tom Dream’s expertise lies in collaboration, working closely with artists to create truly original music videos and documentary films. Style-nostalgia, nature, and psychology are recurring themes that feature strongly in Tom’s work, with a passion for capturing ongoing stories as they unfold, illuminating the people behind the music and unpicking human dynamics. Tom’s documentary film Shy Radicals is an insight into the work of artist, activist, and author Hamja Ahsan. A “revolutionary world-maker” who calls on introverted people to unify and overthrow Extrovert Supremacy. The film will be screening at festivals worldwide from September 2020.
“Creep” is the follow-up to Arlo Parks single “Black Dog”, which she noted is,”supposed to make people who are struggling feel less isolated and start a conversation surrounding the prevalence of mental health issues in today’s world.” Her performance of “Creep” is an effort to continue standing in solidarity with others facing challenges with introversion. Describing the meaning of the song for her and why she chose it for this film Arlo shares, “Creep is a simultaneously delicate and brutal exploration of inner turmoil and human relationships. This song has acted as a refuge for me, during times of self-reflection and low mood, for many years and Radiohead as a band has deeply influenced my music.”
For the single artwork, Arlo chose to collaborate with renowned East London artist Stephen Anthony Davids who drew a portrait of Arlo to accompany the song. Speaking about his work, Davids shares, “Reoccurring themes and thoughts pervade my story telling capturing humorous views of the world and observations of daily life, masculinity, race, class and social history.”