Arlo Parks has offered up another preview of her forthcoming new album ‘My Soft Machine’.
The singer - who is also the cover star of our April 2023 issue - has shared groove-laden new track ‘Blades’, the third offering to be taken from her second album. It follows on from previous singles ‘Impurities’ and ‘Weightless’.
Speaking of the inspiration behind ‘Blades’, Arlo has said: “I imagine this moment at a party where you see someone across the room that you haven’t seen in a while, you felt yourself growing apart, and you’re like, should I, should I not? And then you find the courage to approach them. That’s the story of that song.”
The track was produced by Paul Epworth during what Arlo refers to as “the magic week” - the period when the pair produced three songs for the album together in just five days. “Paul is just a wizard,” Arlo says, in a press release. “He has this childlike spirit that I’ve always really loved and he brought that to ‘Blades’. I wanted to make something that I can dance to, finally, because I feel like my songs don’t really have that quality in general. So, I took inspiration from bands like ESG, artists like Kaytranada, and a lot of the kind of 70s Zambian psychedelic rock that I love.”
Check out the video for ‘Blades’ - as directed by Bedroom at Compulsory Film - below. Arlo is set to release her new album ‘My Soft Machine’ on 26th May via Transgressive Records and to celebrate, she’ll be playing a slew of live shows. Check out her upcoming live dates below.
24 - Pryzm, Banquet Records, Kingston
29 - Rough Trade East (Early show)
29 - Rough Trade East (Late show)
03 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
08 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
10 Madrid, Spain - Primavera Sound
14 - Wardrobe, Crash Records, Leeds
05 - Tokyo, Japan @ Ebisu Garden Hall
06 - Osaka, Japan @ Umeda Club Quattro
08 – Seoul, South Korea @ Musinsa Garage
05 - Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
26 - Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
27 - Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
05 - Dublin, Ireland @ 3Olympia Theatre
14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
15 - Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
17 - Berlin, Germany @ Huxley’s Neue Welt
19 - Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
21 - Paris, France @ L’Olympia
28 - London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
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As featured in the April 2023 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.