19.01.2023, Words by Billy Ward

Arlo Parks announces sophomore album with new single and video 'Weightless'

"This record is life through my lens, through my body..."

Arlo Parks is back with a new single and music video to run alongside the exciting announcement of her sophomore album 'My Soft Machine', out May 26. 

The twice Grammy-nominated and BRIT Award-winning artist's new single arrives with a stunning Marc Oller-directed set of visuals, bringing Arlo's poetic verses and soul soothing melodies to life with intense shots of a horse galloping through the streets.

"Weightless surrounds the painful experience of caring deeply about someone who only gives you tiny breadcrumbs of affection," says Arlo on her new single. "It’s about suddenly realising that a person has dulled your edges and embarking on the slow journey back to being a brighter version of yourself."

The announcement of 'My Soft Machine' follows her highly-praised debut album 'Collapsed in Sunbeams' which catapulted Arlo into the spotlight. On the forthcoming project, the singer looks inwards more than ever. Listen to our podcast with Arlo here

"The world/our view of it is peppered by the biggest things we experience - our traumas, upbringing, vulnerabilities almost like visual snow," she says. "This record is life through my lens, through my body - the mid 20s anxiety, the substance abuse of friends around me, the viscera of being in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and grief and self sabotage and joy, moving through worlds with wonder and sensitivity- what it’s like to be trapped in this particular body. 

"There is a quote from a Joanna Hogg film called The Souvenir, it’s an A24 semi-autobiographical film with Tilda Swinton - it recounts a young film student falling in love with an older, charismatic man then being drawn into his addiction - in an early scene he’s explaining why people watch films - 'we don’t want to see life as it is played out we want to see life as it is experienced in this soft machine.' So there we have it... My Soft Machine."

Watch the music video above or stream the single here

Read next: Frank Ocean teases the arrival of a new album 

You might like
10 Best