Arlo Parks shares an evocative cover of ‘Jasmine’ by Jai PaulListen here
Arlo Parks shares new track ‘Jasmine’, alongside announcing a deluxe version of her critically acclaimed second album, ‘My Soft Machine’. Due for release on 8th December via Transgressive Records, ‘My Soft Machine (Deluxe)’ will feature six new recordings, including her evocative cover of ‘Jasmine’ by Jai Paul, which she is sharing today.
Produced by labelmate Dave Okumu, ‘Jasmine’ received Jai Paul’s personal stamp of approval. It is accompanied by a Joel Barney-directed and Ali Raymond (Beatnik Creative)-produced visualiser, shot in New York.
Speaking about what the track means to her, Arlo explains “‘Jasmine’ has always moved me deeply – to me it’s this shadowy, timeless and incredibly profound love song. I really wanted to draw out the yearning of the lyrics and pay homage to an artist who has had a seismic impact on me and on culture. Receiving Jai Paul’s blessing to create this cover with Dave Okumu was one of the highlights of my creative journey so far“.
Also appearing on the deluxe version of the album is a new version of ‘I’m Sorry’ featuring Congolese-Belgian singer/rapper Lous and The Yakuza, ‘Blades’ with bars from US hip-hop upstart redveil, a cover of Tirzah’s hit ‘Holding On’ and acoustic versions of album favourites ‘Devotion’ and ‘Pegasus’. It will be available digitally only and is available for pre-save here.
My Soft Machine, released earlier this year serves as a testament to Parks’ artistic evolution, highlighting her unique storytelling prowess and introspective lyricism. The album, recorded across London and Los Angeles, boasts an impressive array of producers, including Paul Epworth, Ariel Rechtshaid, Romil Hemnani (of Brockhampton), Buddy Ross (known for collaborations with Frank Ocean), Carter Lang (known for work with SZA), and self-production by Arlo herself. Leading up to its release, Arlo graced the covers of The Guardian Film & Music, GQ Hype, DORK, DIY, MusicWeek, Gay Times and Paste Magazine. This follows her highly acclaimed debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, which garnered two Grammy nominations, a BRIT Award, the Honda Mercury Prize, and the BBC Introducing Artist Of The Year Award, as well as chart success and recognition for her advocacy work with UNICEF and CALM, the UK mental health charity.
Arlo’s debut book, THE MAGIC BORDER: Poetry And Fragments From My Soft Machine published by HarperCollins Publishing, consists of the lyrics from her recent sophomore album, My Soft Machine, as well as new exclusive images by Daniyel Lowden and 20 new poems. Parks’ writing has garnered high praise from fellow musician Florence Welch, who described her writing as, “poetry you can taste,” with Katie Gavin of MUNA adding, “Arlo Parks pulls beauty around her as a war tactic, and she shares the spoils with us. I am grateful and invigorated.” You can order THE MAGIC BORDER HERE.