Written in a rented Airbnb in East London, London-based singer, songwriter and poet Arlo Parks' debut album, 'Collapsed in Sunbeams', has defied expectations, winning a nomination for the BBC's Sound Of 2020 and becoming the sonic balm for many over the course of the pandemic.
Looking back on her influences, Parks cites everything from Frank O'Hara poems and Radiohead's live performances, to ordinary snippets of conversations overheard on the street, which she transforms with a musical style she describes as always in flux. In this episode, she tells us about the music and poetry she was brought up on, why certain instruments speak to her and the effect that the spoken word has on her music.
"When I think about the power of sound I think about its power to connect, I think about the idea of dance, how that's almost like a universal language, I think about how people can be moved by sounds without even understanding the language...I think the power of sound is the fact that it can join us together as human beings."
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