WXPN Artist to Watch Arlo Parks is back.
After winning the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize on her sophomore album Collapsed in Sunbeams, and amassing a stateside audience devoted to her blend of vulnerable lyricism and infectious pop melodies, the singer-songwriter returns today with a new single and word of her latest project.
“Weightless” is Parks’ first song since last year’s one-off single “Softly,” and it travels to a punchy hip-hop flavored groove, over which Parks sings about a relationship where one person takes and takes without reciprocating. “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,” says Parks in a press statement.
The song is one of a dozen that will appear on My Soft Machine, Parks’ third LP, which releases May 28th on Transgressive Records and can be pre-ordered here. The record features a collaboration with one of her day-one supporters, Phoebe Bridgers, on a song called “Pegasus,” which we can’t wait to hear. A run of European tour dates has rolled out for September as well; details on Parks’ website.