This week’s hottest brand new act…
KEY TRACK: George
WHO: Arlo Parks is a teenage sensation from South West London.
WHAT: Can we get away with saying that Parks just sounds new? No? OK then: Parks blends her influences (hip-hop, rock, Afrobeats) into minimal, ultra-modern groove-based music, with vivid lyrical storytelling.
WHERE: Parks has Nigerian, French and Chadian heritage, and grew up in the capital, where she recently completed her A-Levels.
Parks celebrated in time-honoured fashion – by going to a festival. Only, this was Glastonbury and Parks was playing. She’s since signed to Transgressive and triumphed at Latitude.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Mostly, that Parks is nurturing her writing style by painting pictures of what it’s like to be young in 2019. Drugs, insecurity, humour, indecision and more stalk her songs, from Super Sad Generation to new single George.
Yep. Parks sums up her mission best on Romantic Garbage: “Let me make more songs to run away to”.