Arlo Parks has released her highly anticipated debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams.
Opening with a sort of diaristic spoken word, the 12-track collection sees the British bedroom pop artist embracing intimacy as she sings of mental health, queer intimacy, and self-love. The genre-bending record truly blurs the lines between folk, indie, R&B, and jazz as she delivers powerful lines like, “We’re all learning to trust our bodies/ Making peace with our own distortions/ You shouldn’t be afraid to cry in front of me in moments.”
“My album is a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding my adolescence and the people that shaped it,” Parks explains. “It is rooted in storytelling and nostalgia – I want it to feel both universal and hyper specific.”
Stream Collapsed in Sunbeams below.