Arlo Parks: Super Sad Generation: Recordstore Exclusive Clear + Black Splatter Vinyl

Super Sad Generation: Recordstore Exclusive Clear + Black Splatter Vinyl

Arlo Parks

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  • Release Date 25 June 2021
Code
BEATNC00222LPRS
Format
Vinyl LP
Label
Beatnik Creative
Limited edition repress now on clear vinyl with black splatter, exclusive to recordstore.co.uk, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. Includes unlimited streaming of all digital tracks from Arlo Parks' first and second EP's, PLUS a free spoken word poem 'London' only available with Vinyl purchase. The artwork sleeve is reverse board black - and includes the 'London' poem written by Arlo Parks. Artwork sleeve both front and back created by Arlo Parks. Includes Sophie.”Sophie' is a song about "crumbling under expectations and feeling helpless, but with a persistent, quiet sense of hope underpinning it”. True to form, it's a melodic and beautifully articulated sonnet, cementing the notion that she is overwhelmingly considered the majestic voice of Generation Z.

This release is a collection of Arlo Parks' first and second EP ('Super Sad Generation' and 'Sophie'), plus an exclusive unreleased spoken word poem - 'London'

'Super Sad Generation' was entirely self-written between the ages of 16-18 is a delicate ode to the emotionally wrought youth of today. Since her debut track 'Cola', Parks has been heavily championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, Beats1, Radio X and Foundation FM, as well as COLORS, FADER, Complex, Noisey, Guardian, Gal-Dem, The Face, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, Clash, LOVE Magazine, Wonderland, Independent and many more. She also counts Killing Eve's Jodie Comer, Lily Allen and Amandla Stenberg amongst her ever-growing list of fans.

Now at just nineteen, the young London based singer demonstrates soul and compassion beyond her years, and says she "made this record to pay tribute to all those kids that are in a lot of pain and are confused as to why".

On a personal level, Parks struggled with her identity growing up; a self-confessed tom boy who was super sensitive and "uncool", she says it was like "I'm a black kid who can't dance for shit, listens to emo music and currently has a crush on some girl in my Spanish class." By the time she reached 17, she shaved her head, figured out she was bisexual and produced/wrote an album's worth of material.

Growing up in South West London, half Nigerian, a quarter Chadian and a quarter French, Arlo Parks learned to speak French before English. A quiet child, she'd write short stories and create fantasy worlds, later journaling and then obsessing over spoken word poetry, reading American poets such as Ginsberg and Jim Morrison and watching old Chet Baker performances on YouTube. These days she references Nayyirah Waheed, Hanif Abdurraqib and Iain S. Thomas as her favourite modern poets, and it is clear that their works are as influential on her song writing as any musician. Books too, such as The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Parks says, "the way Murakami writes in that book is how I aspire to write my songs; gritty and sensitive and human."

Fela Kuti's 'Water' and Otis Redding's 'Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay' sound tracked Arlo Parks' childhood, but it was aged around 13 that she discovered King Krule; an artist who would heavily influence the music she writes today. Later listening to more hip-hop (from Kendrick Lamar, MF Doom and Earl Sweatshirt to the more confessional sounds of Loyle Carner) and rock (Jimi Hendrix, Shilpa Ray and David Bowie), as well as the subdued, pained sounds of Keaton Henson, Sufjan Stevens and Julien Baker, Parks explains, "I would write stories so detailed you could taste them, while maintaining the energy and life of the hip-hop I loved." There's a visual, almost cinematic quality to her writing too, which is born from her love of horror films, streetwear and abstract art.
Tracklist
Tracklisting
1 Cola  
2 Super Sad Generation  
3 Sophie  
4 Romantic Garbage  
5 I Like  
6 Second Guessing  
7 george  
8 Angel Song  
9 Paperbacks  
10 London Poem  

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