Arlo Parks ‘Caroline’ Track Review

Indie Pop newcomer Arlo Parks follows up from October’s ‘Green Eyes’ with new low-fi song, ‘Caroline’, the fifth offering from her highly anticipated upcoming debut album ‘Collapsed In Sunbeam’; due to be released on 29th January 2021 via Transgressive Records. 

Sung over gentle, mellow guitars and drums, Arlo Parks once again delivers her brilliant signature soft, breathy vocals and storytelling skill; ‘Caroline’ explores “how something once full of healthy passion can dissolve in an instant” as Parks people-watches, applying her own narratives to the interactions of strangers around her. 

Parks confidently secures her vision of her indie pop music being both ‘universal and hyper specific’ through her lyricism, painting scenes we have all witnessed and played out in our heads. The steady soothing drumbeat and lilting guitars captivate the listener, as the story of the artsy couple’ unfolds. She effortlessly immerses the listener in the intimate scene being played out in public through her poetic lyrics, describing the ‘strawberry cheeks flushed with defeated rage’ of the couple she is watching. As she delves further into the story of the couple, imagining what they are thinking, doing and saying to one another the song softly builds to the beautifully tender repeated chorus. 

‘Caroline’ was released with an intimate and simplistic lyric music in which Parks sings directly to the camera. The footage cuts and twitches to the beat of the song with flares flashing across the screen, an understated video which keeps the focus firmly on Arlo’s musical ability. Ending with the fading chorus, Parks invites us into her mind to carry on the story of the artsy couple; what they and the magnificent Arlo will do next is anyone’s guess…

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