The West London-raised musician/poet Arlo Parks pulls from a broad range of influences, including bedroom pop, indie, and R&B.
Born Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho in 2000, of Nigerian, French, and Chadian heritage, she debuted in 2018 with the single "Cola." The track ultimately appeared on April 2019's Beatnik-issued Super Sad Generation EP, a release that caught the attention of Transgressive, which signed her that summer, before she'd finished her A-Level exams. After a run of singles — and a collaboration with Leicester's Easy Life on their Junk Food track "Sangria" — she issued a second EP, Sophie, leading to a place on the BBC's Sound of 2020 list.
By May 2020 her "Black Dog" single was play-listed by BBC Radio 1, broadcasting its theme of mental health awareness to millions. This simultaneously boosted her profile and led to an association with the charity CALM. That track, and its double A-side "Eugene," were co-written and produced by the New York-based Gianluca Buccellati, who had also worked with her on "Cola" and the title tracks of her EPs. This release was swiftly followed by a heartfelt, piano-led cover of Radiohead's "Creep," before the tracks "Hurt" and "Green Eyes" were issued ahead of her debut full-length album, Collapsed in Sunbeams. ~ Liam Martin & James Wilkinson