Arlo Parks has shared a new song and music video with the release of “Weightless,” the lead single from her highly anticipated sophomore album My Soft Machine. After releasing her debut album back in 2021 in the form of the sprawlingly emotive Collapsed in Sunbeams, the British singer/songwriter carved out a niche for her spellbindingly introspective and soulful indie-pop. She’s also announced a small string of dates across the U.K. and Europe while My Soft Machine arrives on May 26.
In “Weightless,” over the buoyant ebb of the song’s tender melody, the artist muses with no small amount of melancholy over the effort she’s put into an emotionally lopsided relationship. “I’m starved of your affection / You’re crushed under the pressure,” she drearily notes just before the chorus — where she also laments: “I don’t wanna wait for you / But I need you so I won’t go.”
Even under all that gloom, there’s a warmth to Arlo Parks that never fails to appear, which comes from her ability to pen such visceral and honest confessions about the things people are normally at a loss for words to express. And her poetic turns of phrase always imprint such strong emotions via her images: from “volcanic side” and “strawberry days” to the beautifully dismal image of “blue glass in the soft rain.”
“Weightless” is accompanied by a music video, directed by Marc Oller, which visualizes in a rapt and dreamy way the emotional tug-of-war at the center of the song. Opening with a stunning shot of a black horse on a blue-hued and overcast street, the video cuts to shots of Arlo Parks singing (illuminated in the night by a burning fire or hanging out of a car window) and that of a couple in different moments/scenes of intimacy.
But as the song continues the trouble boiling underneath takes shape as different images from each start to flash across the screen: the horse breaks loose and starts running through the streets; the milliseconds before a car crash are shown before cutting away right before impact; and the two embracing lovers are intruded on when their bedroom wall is suddenly demolished. Though the ending shot is the most arresting, with Arlo Parks singing from the back of the wrecked vehicle, a potent piece of symbolism for staying far too long in a relationship that’s going nowhere.
My Soft Machine the new album from Arlo Parks is out May 26, pre-order it here.
Arlo Parks tour
9/5 – 3 Olympia Theatre – Dublin, IE
9/14 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
9/15 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, BE
9/17 – Huxley’s Neue Welt – Berlin, DE
9/19 – Alcatraz – Milan, IT
9/21 – L’Olympia – Paris, FR
9/28 – Eventim Apollo – London, UK
Words by Steven Ward
Watch the music video for “Weightless” the new single from Arlo Parks below!