Arlo Parks: Softly

British singer, songwriter and poet Arlo Parks endeavors toward a more pop-forward style with her newest song “Softly.” About a relationship ending, rejection and insecurity, it’s an upbeat lament with fast-paced percussion, hand claps and plenty of piano. Parks says, “‘Softly’ is a song about yearning, about how fragile you feel in the dying days of a relationship when you’re still desperately in love. The song is about how it feels to brace yourself before the blow of a break up and reminisce about the days where it all felt luminous.” The video—directed by Zhang and Knight—provides a fitting hazy nostalgia.