South London’s Arlo Parks is the newest in a sea of promising young R&B talents, but her striking sound has already drawn favor from the likes of Lily Allen. “She’s from Hammersmith–same as me… Honestly, this song just knocked me off my feet,” Allen praised in a BBC Radio 1 interview back in April after hearing Parks’ “Cola.” The 18 year-old taps into a rare vulnerability and painful honest, writing about love and identity-forming through her lens as a bisexual, Black woman.
Each single so far contains its own type of magic, but “george” is easily the most delicious track Arlo Parks has produced to date. Darker in demeanor and boasting a newfound swaggering, rhythm, Arlo Parks opens up “george” track with the line: “I’m so sick of being down and watching you get arrested.” Her lyrics continue in a similar fashion–simple, poignant and effortlessly poetic–tracing the sensation one feels once reminded of a toxic love. Arlo Parks treads through the uneasiness with perfect grace; you can hear the outline of a smile when she sings the hook, “I know that you’ve been here.” Listen.
Watch the music video for Arlo Parks’ “Cola”.