Arlo Parks Shares New Single “Devotion”
Ahead of the release of her new album, My Soft Machine, which drops on May 26th via Transgressive Records, Arlo Parks shares her final offering from the album with “Devotion.” The single follows previously released “Blades,” “Weightless,” “Impurities,” and “Pegasus,” featuring close friend and acclaimed musician Phoebe Bridgers.
Arlo shares about the meaning behind the new single, “”Devotion” to me is a song about feeling so in love it’s almost like being ripped apart, there’s an intensity, a wildness and a tenderness. This is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever made, it draws from the bands that made me fall in love with music from Deftones to Yo La Tengo to Smashing Pumpkins to My Bloody Valentine.”
“Devotion” is accompanied by an Ali Raymond and Joel Barney (Sonder Films) directed visual, about which she comments “The music video for ‘Devotion’ had to feel sweaty and nostalgic and loose. The surreal bluish hue, the sense of feral joy in the performance, the blur and the band – I wanted to pay homage to 90s rock music and the notion of loving so hard it almost destroys you”.
Arlo will be performing at a run of record store performances in the UK this week where she’ll play some songs from the new album and sign copies for fans. There will also be a pop-up event in LA tomorrow night at In Sheep’s Clothing with exclusive merch. Details here. This precedes her tour across Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Europe this Summer.
Recorded between London and Los Angeles, the album features an impressive roster of producers including Paul Epworth, Ariel Rechtshaid, Romil Hemnani (Brockhampton), Buddy Ross (known for collaborations with Frank Ocean), Carter Lang (known for working with SZA), and self-production from Arlo herself.
My Soft Machine follows Parks’ debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams, which received two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album, won the BRIT Award for Best New Artist, received the Honda Mercury Prize, and won the BBC Introducing Artist Of The Year Award. Her debut album also reached the top 3 on the UK Album Charts and won the AIM Awards for Best Independent Album and UK Independent Breakthrough. On top of all this, Arlo was also nominated for Breakthrough International Act at the BET Awards. Arlo was named as the youngest ever high-profile supporter of UNICEF and an ambassador for UK mental health charity CALM.
Arlo Parks Upcoming 2023 Tour Dates:
5/24 – Kingston, UK @ Pryzm w/ Banquet Records (intimate outstore performance, early show – 5pm)
5/24 – Kingston, UK @ Pryzm w/ Banquet Records (intimate outstore performance)*
5/29 – London, UK – Rough Trade East, Early Show (in-store performance + signing)*
5/29 – London, UK – Rough Trade East, Late Show (in-store performance + signing)*
6/14 – Leeds, UK – The Wardrobe w/ Crash Records (intimate outstore performance)*
6/14 – Leeds, UK – The Wardrobe w/ Crash Records (intimate outstore performance, late show – 9pm)*
7/5 – Tokyo, Japan @ Ebisu Garden Hall*
7/6 – Osaka, Japan @ Umeda Club Quattro
7/8 – Seoul, South Korea @ Musinsa Garage
7/14 – New Plymouth, New Zealand @ Night Light Festival
7/17 – Melbourne, Australia @ Forum
7/20 – Sydney, Australia @ Sydney Opera House
7/22 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Splendour In The Grass
7/23 – Adelaide, Australia @ The Gov
7/25 – Perth, Australia @ Astor Theatre
8/5 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
8/26 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
8/27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
9/5 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Olympia Theatre
9/13 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
9/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso*
9/15 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
9/17 – Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys Neue Welt*
9/19 – Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
9/21 – Paris, France @ L’Olympia
9/28 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
10/1 – Washington, DC @ All Things Go Festival
Pre-order My Soft Machine by Arlo Parks HERE
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