Earlier today we announced the release of Arlo Parks ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ picture disc edition exclusively pressed by Blood Records. It’s been a breakthrough year for Arlo, a London-based poet and songwriter, whose lyrics have become a sympathetic commentary on modern youth.
Her 2019 debut EP, Super Sad Generation was an amalgamation of indie, soul and jazz that explored the current mental health crisis we face, a work that is as much influenced by literature as obvious musical comparisons to the likes of Frank Ocean. The lead single of the same title opens "When did we get so skinny? Start doing ketamine on the weekends, getting wasted at the station and trying to keep our friends from death."
With that in mind, 2020’s been a massive year for Arlo in part because her music is connecting during the tumultuous year it’s been. Having been shortlisted as BBC Sound Of 2020, she signed to Transgressive Records and made the Radio 1 Brit List.
This month saw the release of the first of a 7-part Gucci collaboration with Gus Van Sant, the cult visionary behind Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho. The first video features Arlo’s and her prose, with future episodes set to feature the likes of Harry Styles, Florence Welch and Billie Eilish, among others. All this culminates in the release of her stunning debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams, which is due to be released in January 2021 and I’m proud to say that we’re pressing an picture disc edition of the record which is available from the campaigns page.