Arlo Parks has announced the details of her second album, ‘My Soft Machine’.
Set for release on 26th May via Transgressive Records, the news comes alongside a brand new track, ‘Weightless’, debuted earlier this evening (18th January) as Clara Amfo’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1.
Speaking about the track, Arlo explains: “Weightless surrounds the painful experience of caring deeply about someone who only gives you tiny breadcrumbs of affection. It’s about suddenly realising that a person has dulled your edges and embarking on the slow journey back to being a brighter version of yourself.”
The accompanying album is described as “a deeply personal body of work”. Arlo continues: “The world/our view of it is peppered by the biggest things we experience – our traumas, upbringing, vulnerabilities almost like visual snow. This record is life through my lens, through my body – the mid 20s anxiety, the substance abuse of friends around me, the viscera of being in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and grief and self sabotage and joy, moving through worlds with wonder and sensitivity – what it’s like to be trapped in this particular body.
“There is a quote from a Joanna Hogg film called the Souvenir, it’s an A24 semi-autobiographical film with Tilda Swinton – it recounts a young film student falling in love with an older, charismatic man as a young film student then being drawn into his addiction – in an early scene he’s explaining why people watch films – “we don’t want to see life as it is played out 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.”
There’s also a set of live shows for this September, including a date at London’s Eventim Apollo.
The dates read:
5 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Olympia Theatre
14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
15 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
17 – Berlin, Germany @ Huxley’s Neue Welt
19 – Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
21 – Paris, France @ L’Olympia
28 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
The tracklisting for ‘My Soft Machine’ reads:
7.Pegasus ft. Phoebe Bridgers
11.Room (red wings)