Arlo Parks is offering her last single ahead of the release of her forthcoming sophomore album, My Soft Machine, which is out everywhere this Friday. “Devotion,” the latest offering from the record, also comes with an official music video that you can watch below.
In “Devotion,” Parks blends her distinctive pop sound with rock music to express her undying adoration for the person she’s singing about. “[It’s] a song about feeling so in love it’s almost like being ripped apart,” she said in a press statement. “There’s an intensity, a wildness, and a tenderness.” She says she drew inspiration from bands like Deftones, Yo La Tengo, Pumpinks, and My Bloody Valentine to write the song.
The Ali Raymond- and Joel Barney-directed visual also pays tributes to those bands. Parks stated that it “had to feel sweaty and nostalgic and loose. The surreal bluish hue, the sense of feral joy in the performance, the blur, and the band — I wanted to pay homage to 90s rock music and the notion of loving so hard it almost destroys you”.
Listen to Arlo Parks’s conversation with David Renshaw on the latest episode of The FADER interview here.