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Super Sad Generation

by Arlo Parks

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition 12" Picture Disc, transparent sleeve SIGNED by Arlo Parks.

    Includes unlimited streaming of all digital tracks from Arlo Parks' first and second EP's, PLUS a free spoken word poem 'London' only available with Vinyl purchase - via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Picture disc includes Super Sad Generation artwork on side A and Arlo Parks artwork on Side B. Vinyl comes in a luxury PVC sleeve & flap.

    PLEASE NOTE - this vinyl will be shipped on the digital release of Arlo Park's second EP 'Sophie',
    Released 29th November 2019.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Super Sad Generation via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 50 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £24.99 GBP or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition single 12" Super Sad Generation WHITE LABEL - SIGNED by Arlo Parks.

    Includes unlimited streaming of all digital tracks from Arlo Parks' first and second EP's, PLUS a free spoken word poem 'London' only available with Vinyl purchase - via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.


    PLEASE NOTE - this vinyl will be shipped on the digital release of Arlo Park's second EP 'Sophie',
    Released 29th November 2019.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Super Sad Generation via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      £24.99 GBP or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition single 12" Super Sad Generation Picture Disc.

    Includes unlimited streaming of all digital tracks from Arlo Parks' first and second EP's, PLUS a free spoken word poem 'London' only available with Vinyl purchase - via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Picture disc includes Super Sad Generation artwork on side A and Arlo Parks artwork on Side B. Vinyl comes in a luxury PVC sleeve & flap.

    PLEASE NOTE - this vinyl will be shipped on the digital release of Arlo Park's second EP 'Sophie',
    Released 29th November 2019.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Super Sad Generation via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 150 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £24.99 GBP or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition 12" Red transparent Vinyl.

    Includes unlimited streaming of all digital tracks from Arlo Parks' first and second EP's, PLUS a free spoken word poem 'London' only available with Vinyl purchase - via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    The artwork sleeve is reverse board black - and includes 'London' poem written by Arlo Parks.
    Artwork sleeve both front and back created by Arlo Parks.

    PLEASE NOT - this vinyl will be shipped on the digital release of Arlo Park's second EP 'Sophie',
    Released 29th November 2019.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Super Sad Generation via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 300 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £19.99 GBP or more 

     

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    Screen printed Arlo Parks logo tee. Coloured print/pink drawing print on white T-shirt.
    Standard fit, so sizes true to normal.
    ships out within 3 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      £19.99 GBP or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    Screen printed Arlo Parks logo tee. Coloured print on the back/orange drawing print on the front, on black long sleeves T-shirt.
    Standard fit, so sizes true to normal.
    ships out within 3 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      £24.99 GBP or more 

     

  • SIGNED - Arlo Parks - Super Sad Generation - Red Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition single 12" Super Sad Generation Red Transparent Vinyl - SIGNED by Arlo Parks.

    Includes unlimited streaming of all digital tracks from Arlo Parks' first and second EP's, PLUS a free spoken word poem 'London' only available with Vinyl purchase - via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    The artwork sleeve is reverse board black - and includes 'London' poem written by Arlo Parks.
    Artwork sleeve both front and back created by Arlo Parks.

    PLEASE NOTE - this vinyl will be shipped on the digital release of Arlo Park's second EP 'Sophie',
    Released 29th November 2019.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Super Sad Generation via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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about

"I am blown away. Somewhere between Portishead and Syd of the Internet" - Independent (Ones to Watch 2019)

"sensitive, precise and intimate" – The Line of Best Fit (Fifty Best Songs of 2018)

"poetically emotional" – Wonderland

"Brilliant new artist" – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

This release is a collection of Arlo Parks' first and second EP ('Super Sad Generation' and 'Sophie'), plus an exclusive unreleased spoken word poem - 'London'

'Super Sad Generation' was entirely self-written between the ages of 16-18 is a delicate ode to the emotionally wrought youth of today. Since her debut track 'Cola', Parks has been heavily championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, Beats1, Radio X and Foundation FM, as well as COLORS, FADER, Complex, Noisey, Guardian, Gal-Dem, The Face, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, Clash, LOVE Magazine, Wonderland, Independent and many more. She also counts Killing Eve's Jodie Comer, Lily Allen and Amandla Stenberg amongst her ever-growing list of fans.

Now at just nineteen, the young London based singer demonstrates soul and compassion beyond her years, and says she "made this record to pay tribute to all those kids that are in a lot of pain and are confused as to why".

On a personal level, Parks struggled with her identity growing up; a self-confessed tom boy who was super sensitive and "uncool", she says it was like "I'm a black kid who can't dance for shit, listens to emo music and currently has a crush on some girl in my Spanish class." By the time she reached 17, she shaved her head, figured out she was bisexual and produced/wrote an album's worth of material.

Growing up in South West London, half Nigerian, a quarter Chadian and a quarter French, Arlo Parks learned to speak French before English. A quiet child, she'd write short stories and create fantasy worlds, later journaling and then obsessing over spoken word poetry, reading American poets such as Ginsberg and Jim Morrison and watching old Chet Baker performances on YouTube. These days she references Nayyirah Waheed, Hanif Abdurraqib and Iain S. Thomas as her favourite modern poets, and it is clear that their works are as influential on her song writing as any musician. Books too, such as The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Parks says, "the way Murakami writes in that book is how I aspire to write my songs; gritty and sensitive and human."

Fela Kuti's 'Water' and Otis Redding's 'Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay' sound tracked Arlo Parks' childhood, but it was aged around 13 that she discovered King Krule; an artist who would heavily influence the music she writes today. Later listening to more hip-hop (from Kendrick Lamar, MF Doom and Earl Sweatshirt to the more confessional sounds of Loyle Carner) and rock (Jimi Hendrix, Shilpa Ray and David Bowie), as well as the subdued, pained sounds of Keaton Henson, Sufjan Stevens and Julien Baker, Parks explains, "I would write stories so detailed you could taste them, while maintaining the energy and life of the hip-hop I loved." There's a visual, almost cinematic quality to her writing too, which is born from her love of horror films, streetwear and abstract art.

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released April 5, 2019

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Arlo Parks London, UK

Arlo Parks is an 18 year old poet/singer from London. In her words she spent most of school feeling like that black kid who couldn't dance for shit, listening to too much emo music and crushing on some girl in her Spanish class. Her songs are confessional and tender, mainly inspired by Portishead and Earl Sweatshirt. ... more

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