Arlo Parks has shared new song ‘Impurities’.
The songwriter’s exquisite debut won the Mercury, sparking a year of almost non-stop touring. Taking time out to find focus, the London based artist will release follow-up LP ‘My Soft Machine’ on May 26th via Transgressive Records.
Another preview has just gone live, and ‘Impurities’ finds Arlo nudging her work in fresh directions. Typically subtle, the sonic palette feels like it has a slight Japanese influences – the construction of the melody lines, and some indescribable part of the atmosphere – while her words, as ever, are laden with emphasis and eloquence.
A song about finding peace within community, it revels in companionship. Arlo Parks writes:
“It’s about being around people who make you feel like your inner ugliness and failures and mistakes don’t matter, who lift you up and make you laugh, who make you feel good and clean.”
Jak Payne shot the video, with Arlo adding:
“With this visualiser I really wanted to convey this atmospheric oscillation between solitude and companionship – I wanted to show how being around your people really does feel like coming home. When I was writing this song I had been thinking about Gus Van Sant a lot and how he captures people in all their fragility and beauty and ugliness – Jak was instrumental in creating/protecting that sense of softness.”
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: Alexandra Waespi