Arlo Parks – Live in Switzerland – May 1, 2022 – RTS Couleur 3 – RTS – Switzerland –
Staying in Switzerland so far this week for a concert by Arlo Parks, recorded and preserved by RTS Couleur 3 radio in Lausanne on May 1st, earlier this year.
Arlo Parks is a relative newcomer to the scene, having gotten started in 2018 and already with a very highly praised debut album, Collapsed In Sunbeams which climbed to number 3 on the British album charts. She’s been almost constantly touring, ever since COVID restrictions have been lifted. She’s been making up for lost time, even to the point of exhaustion, which forced cancellation of several American dates in order to rest and re-charge.
Collapsed In Sunbeams earned her nominations for Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2021 Brit Awards. It won the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for Best Album.
Parks performed her first-ever gig at The Great Escape in Brighton in May 2019, then went on to perform on the BBC Music Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival in late June 2019, as well as at Latitude Festival in July 2019. She embarked on her first tour supporting Jordan Rakei on the UK leg of his tour in September 2019. Throughout the last half of 2019 Parks released the songs “George”, “Second Guessing”, “Sophie”, and “Angel’s Song” ahead of her second EP, Sophie. Sean Kerwick told DIY that the five-track EP “oozes with the hang-ups of heartbreak and mortality; a topic that seems to overshadow many gen-Z musicians.”
Parks embarked on her first headlining tour of Europe in February and March 2020, but could not complete it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2020, Parks released the singles “Eugene” and “Black Dog”, which were well received during the COVID-19 lockdown, the latter of which became BBC Radio 1’s Tune of the Week. Parks made the front cover of NME in late July 2020. She won the AIM Independent Music Award for One to Watch in 2020 in August 2020, after losing the same award to Georgia a year before. Parks and Moses Boyd made the front cover of Music Week for the publication’s indie takeover special following the AIM Awards ceremony. Parks released her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, on 29 January 2021.
On 12 February 2021, Parks was the music act on The Graham Norton Show singing ‘Caroline’. On 19 February 2021, Parks was the main guest of Jools Holland on his BBC program Later…(with Jools Holland).
On 11 May, Parks won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2021 Brit Awards.
On 9 September, the album Collapsed in Sunbeams won the Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Presenting the award, judge Annie MacManus said: “We chose an artist with a singular voice who uses lyrics of remarkable beauty … and connects deeply with her generation as she does so”.
You may not be completely familiar with Arlo Parks, but it’s a safe bet to say you’re going to be hearing a lot more about her in the coming months.
For now, enjoy the concert – judging by the looks of some of these gig websites, Parks played several dates in The Netherlands. But exactly where, I’m not sure.
An amazing session and a remarkable talent.
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