Arlo Parks Premieres New Song “Softly” on BBC Radio 1
- British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks premiered a new song “Softly” on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Clara Amfo.
The song is her first single since her debut album “Collapsed in Sunbeams”, which was released in January 2021.
It was written by Anais Marinho ,and Paul Epworth, who also produced the track.
“'Softly' is a song about yearning, about how fragile you feel in the dying days of a relationship when you're still desperately in love,” Arlo Parks said of the song in a statement. “The song is about how it feels to brace yourself before the blow of a break up and reminisce about the days where it all felt luminous.”
She told Clara Amfo how the song came, “I just had like one day in the studio. And I was watching a lot of films by this directors French director called Celine Suyama. She's done like lots of films as one called tomboy Portrait of a Lady on fire but at the home it's this real sense of like yearning. I wanted like a sense of desperation, like as to the song and then I was listening to a lot of kind of listening to like run away by Kanye with the piano and the drums and I was listening to a lot of like 90s indie pop, and a lot of disco a lot of fun. And I wanted something that had all those elements. Moving through it with the kind of poetic element that I've always loved. ”
- The accompanying music video was directed by Zhang and Knight.
“For us 'Softly' explored the idea of wanting something that was once perfect to end in a gentle way, and we wanted to express this using the world surrounding Arlo,” the pair said. “We were instinctively drawn to the warm toned, hazy nostalgia of the 1960's, as we loved the idea of something universally romantic being slowly stripped away throughout the film. We based the colors of the bricks, trims and doors on mid-century painting in order to bake this romanticism into everything. The production itself was a huge challenge, as everything was captured in-camera with each piece of the set built on wheels operated by several production crew. However, we knew it was all worth it when we saw the skyscrapers dancing around Arlo for the first time.”
- source : BBC Radio 1