Overhyped? Well, duh. But even though the soothing and soulfully groovy debut album from the young Londoner has its ups and downs, it almost has enough of the former to outweight the latter. At the very least, it has enough decent cuts to make it worth a listen. Plus I suspect this one will probably be a grower. And besides, you’re gonna be hearing it everywhere for the next few months, so you might as well bite the bullet and get on board now.
THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Collapsed in Sunbeams is the highly anticipated debut from 2020 breakthrough artist, London musician and poet Arlo Parks.”
Speaking about her LP, Arlo says “My album is a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding my adolescence and the people that shaped it. It is rooted in storytelling and nostalgia — I want it to feel both universal and hyperspecific.” This album news continues an outstanding year for Arlo, who was included on the BBC Sound Of 2020 poll and Radio 1 Brit List, as well as the Dazed 100 list, and also being named as an ambassador for mental health charity CALM.
The deluxe version of the album includes a second CD titled Best Of The Lofi Lounge. It’s a collection of bedroom recordings from Arlo, including versions of the singles Cola, Hurt and Black Dog, an exclusive Black Dog poem, and intimate covers of songs from Clairo, Phoebe Bridgers, King Krule and Frank Ocean.”