January 19, 2023
Watch the video for its first single now.
Arlo Parks has shared details of her sophomore album, My Soft Machine, set for release this May via Transgressive Records.
The follow-up to 2021’s Mercury Prize-winning Collapsed In Sunbeams features a collaboration with US singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.
Joanna Hogg’s 2019 semi-autobiographical film, The Souvenir, inspired the album’s title.
Parks explains: “The world/our view of it is peppered by the biggest things we experience – our traumas, upbringing, vulnerabilities almost like visual snow. This record is life through my lens, through my body – the mid 20s anxiety, the substance abuse of friends around me, the viscera of being in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and grief and self sabotage and joy, moving through worlds with wonder and sensitivity- what it’s like to be trapped in this particular body.”
“There is a quote from a Joanna Hogg film called The Souvenir, it’s an A24 semi-autobiographical film with Tilda Swinton – it recounts a young film student falling in love with an older, charismatic man then being drawn into his addiction – in an early scene he’s explaining why people watch films – ‘we don’t want to see life as it is played out we want to see life as it is experienced in this soft machine.’ So there we have it… My Soft Machine.”
Accompanying the album announcement was a video for the release’s first single, “Weightless”. Watch it below.
My Soft Machine is available to pre-order on black or green vinyl ahead of its May 26 release.
5. Purple Phase
7. Pegasus ft. Phoebe Bridgers
8. Dog Rose
10. I’m Sorry
11. Room (red wings)