I'm an Apple Music guy, so every time I open the app, I am greeted by my "recently added" music. As of late, it's looked the same for months. Ever since I stopped ub**ing full-time once the school year started up again, I haven't been listening to nearly as much new music as I would like to. It's not that I don't want to, I just don't really have the time or should I say...I haven't prioritizing my time to find new stuff. I have a solid rotation of my regulars that's tough to crack and from the moment I set foot in the bathroom to take a shower until the moment I start to walk into work I'm listening to podcasts. After work, when I'm writing, I can't listen to anything with lyrics.
Last week, I was driving home from work and was like "dude, you need to find something new", so I clicked on the alternative tile in the search bar and saw "Hope" by Arlo Parks as the first or second top new song with The Killers "C'est La Vie" (which coincidentally is AWFUL). I've never seen that name before and was intrigued, so I gave it a listen. I ended up listening to "Hope" four or five times on my way home. Between that smooth jazzy beat and deeply intimidate lyrics with themes of overcoming mental health struggles, I was hooked. As soon as I heard that opening line "Millie tried to talk the pleasure back into being alive" I know I made a good decision.
Once I got home, I immediately started doing research to find out more about Arlo. As a "writer" myself I blown away by the word choice and emotions in her lyrics. My vocabulary is like 1200 words.
Born Anais (I tried to add the accent but the formatting kept getting screwed up) Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, Arlo Parks is just 20 years old out of London (England). She's released two EPs (both in 2019) and was The BBC's 2020 Introducing New Artist of the Year. She's not exactly unknown, fucking Michelle Obama shouted her out on IG and she's already worked with artists like Glass Animals and Phoebe Bridgers; Billie Eilish and Florence Welch are fans, but at the same time she's far from a household name in the states. Soon enough!
I'm not exactly betting on a 18 point underdog when I say I'm convinced she is going to be a star, but I expect her to blow up this year. Her lyrics are straight poetry, with voice that soothes like a tight hug and warm bowl of soup for your tortured soul. "You're not alone like you think you are" has been in my head all week.
Arlo just made her American television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Janauary 29th; the same day that her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams was released. I cannot recommend this album enough. Roll up a j, lay back and get listen to this exactly 40 minutes of poetry. Remember the name Arlo Parks. She is going to be next big thing!