Arlo Parks shares surreal video for new pop song “Softly”

Arlo Parks at Moroccan Lounge
Arlo Parks at Moroccan Lounge – Photo by Bryan Olinger

Arlo Parks has shared a new video for her first new single of 2022 titled “Softly.” Much more pop-friendly than most of Arlo Parks‘ brilliantly moody tracks, “Softly” shines with Parks’ signature angel-like vocals, all the while getting stuck in your head with the song’s relentless hook: “Break it to me! Break it to me! Break it to me! Break it to me softly, I don’t want no one else,”

“‘Softly’ is a song about yearning, about how fragile you feel in the dying days of a relationship when you’re still desperately in love,” shares Arlo Parks. “The song is about how it feels to brace yourself before the blow of a break up and reminisce about the days where it all felt luminous.”

The song comes with a Zhang and Knight directed video, that reveals a red-headed Arlo Parks on a New York city-like set (yellow Taxi Cab and all) that is constantly shifting and changing like turbulent winds.


“For us ‘Softly’ explored the idea of wanting something that was once perfect to end in a gentle way, and we wanted to express this using the world surrounding Arlo. We were instinctively drawn to the warm toned, hazy nostalgia of the 1960’s, as we loved the idea of something universally romantic being slowly stripped away throughout the film. We based the colors of the bricks, trims and doors on mid-century painting in order to bake this romanticism into everything. The production itself was a huge challenge, as everything was captured in-camera with each piece of the set built on wheels operated by several production crew. However, we knew it was all worth it when we saw the skyscrapers dancing around Arlo for the first time.” ~ Zhang and Knight


Arlo Parks Tour Dates

Arlo Parks will be heading on tour with Clairo across North America with a Los Angeles date at the Greek Theatre on April 2, as well as festival dates at Coachella and Bonaroo, and select tour dates with Billie Eilish and Harry Styles. See the full list of Arlo Parks tour dates below.



Arlo Parks by Lillie Eiger headshot
Arlo Parks by Lillie Eiger

2/16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte*
2/17 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium*
2/19 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring*
2/20 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore*
2/21 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa*
2/22 – Richmond, VA @ The National*
2/24 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall*
2/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia*
2/27 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston*
2/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston*
3/02 – Pittseburgh, PA @ Roxian Theater*
3/03 – Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!*
3/05 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room*
3/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom*
3/08 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit*
3/10 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
3/11 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
3/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore*
3/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fillmore Minneapolis*
3/20 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium*
3/23 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre*
3/25 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall*
3/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
3/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic*
3/31 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*
4/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre*
4/05 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre*
4/07 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom*
4/09 – Austin, TX @ ACL*
4/10 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center*

4/15-17 & 4/22-24 – Indio, CA @ Coachella

6/4 – Leeds, UK @ Live at Leeds
6/5 – Paris, FR @ We Love Green 2022
6/10 – Gräfenhainichen, DE @ Melt Festival 2022
6/17 – Manchester, TN @ Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival 2022
6/22 – Dublin, IE @ Aviva Stadium+
6/25 – London, UK @ The O2 Arena^
6/30 – Vilnius, LT @ Lukiškių kalėjimas 2.0

7/1 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
7/10 – Madrid, ES @ Espacio Mad Cool
7/12 – London, UK @ Somerset House

8/9 – Melbourne, AU @ 170 Russell
8/11 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli
8/13 – Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre
8/16 – Paredes De Coura, PT @ Praia do Taboão

9/2 – Co, Laois, IR @ Electric Picnic

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