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 …

Interview: Art-Pop Recording Artist Austra

Exploring the new genre-defying fourth album, "HiRUDiN," with the producer, songwriter and vocalist

Expressive, experimental and energized by the impressively elastic vocals of Austra (aka Katie Austra Stelmanis), the album HiRUDiN released to the world today, 1 May. Theatrical in nature—sometimes operatic, soaring on Stelamanis’ mighty voice; other times collaborative, drawing additional meaning from the dialogue between sound collisions—it’s the fourth LP in the catalog from the singer-songwriter and recording engineer. The album draws its name from an anticoagulant produced …

Interview: Songwriter + Vocalist Ryan Beatty

Developments and inspirations from the dynamic recording artist

Ryan Beatty opens his latest album with an ending. The singer’s 12-track Dreaming of David (released earlier this year) greets listeners with “In the End,” a binaural narrative on rising waves of warm electronics with lyrics of intimacy and isolation. Beatty’s voice transforms until the last syllable—soaring, supporting, moving—but when the track comes to its end, seamless production steps the sonic profile into the next song. It’s …