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 …

Interview: Singer/Songwriter Arlo Parks

The London-based artist on her tender new song and creating while in isolation

Out today, Arlo Park’s gossamer, emotional “Black Dog” is led by delicate guitar, chiming keys and the London-based singer/songwriter’s stirring vocals. The tune (whose title is also a metaphor for depression) tells a first-person account of witnessing a loved one struggling, and attempting to care for them through it all. Outlining seemingly small accomplishments, painful observations and hypothetical remedies, the song is a tender tale …