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  • Arlo Parks Performs at NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

  • London-based singer-songwriter Arlo Parks appeared on NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert to perform “Blades”, “Eugene”, “Pegasus”, and “Impurities”.


    This marks her second performance on the program since 2020 Tiny Desk home concert, where she she performed with just a guitar.
    Arlo Parks spoke to audience, “This session is generally one of the reasons that I decided to make music and I grew up with this session, so it's really special to be here..”
    “Blades”, Pegasus”, and “Impurities” are featured on the second studio album “My Soft Machine”, which was released back in May.
    “Eugene” is included on the 2020 debut album “Collapsed In Sunbeams”.
  • Arlo Parks explained each song via Apple Music.

    “Blades”
    “The reference to the aquarium scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet refers to the idea of looking at a person you once knew so intimately and something indescribable has changed—as if you're looking at each other through ocean water or obscure glass.”

    “Eugene”
    “Both 'Black Dog' and 'Eugene' represent a middle chapter between my earlier EPs and the record. I was pulling from all these different sonic places and trying to create a sound that felt warmer, and I was experimenting with lyrics that felt a little more surreal. I was talking a lot about dreams for the first time, and things that were incredibly personal. It felt like a real step forward in terms of my confidence as a writer, and to receive messages from people saying that the song has helped get them to a place where they're more comfortable with themselves is incredible.”


  • “Pegasus” (the record features Phoebe Bridger)
    “Of course 'Pegasus' features lovely Phoebe [Bridgers]. The inspirations for the sparseness melting into the light, dancy beat were 'White Ferrari' by Frank Ocean, 'Talk Down' by Dijon, and 'Grieve Not the Spirit' by AIR. This is the first song I've written being so candid about how tricky it can be to accept someone being unbelievably kind.”

    “Impurities”
    “I wrote this song the first time I met my dear friend Romil from BROCKHAMPTON. My friends and I were party-hopping and every time we called an Uber it was a Cadillac Escalade, which we thought was hilarious at the time. This is a song that is simply about being happy and feeling truly accepted.”
  • source : NPR
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