Arlo Parks: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from residence for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (residence) live shows, bringing you performances from throughout the nation and the world. It is the identical spirit — stripped-down units, an intimate setting — only a totally different house.

Most of us have skilled some type of heartbreak over the previous few months. For me, music has confirmed to be the last word coping mechanism. Arlo Parks’s songwriting faucets into the feels we have all had this summer time. Born Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho in London, she started writing poetry and songs as a result of (in keeping with her quick bio) she spent her highschool days “feeling like that Black child in class who could not dance for s***, listening to an excessive amount of emo music and crushing on the woman in Spanish class.” Her capability to voice harsh bouts of despair, craving and loneliness is juxtaposed by a delicate supply that leans into folks and R&B. That very same form of contradiction is clear in her decor: An MF Doom poster for 1999’s Operation Doomsday hangs in a room with fairly accent lights lights, crops and a corduroy couch. The topics she writes about are acquainted to us, however our expressions of grief not often land so superbly.

Accompanied by a guitar from her residence in London, Parks opens together with her newest single, “Damage”, adopted by the three songs that launched her to the world and remind us that we actually aren’t alone.


  • “Damage”
  • “Cola”
  • “Eugene”
  • “Black Canine”


Arlo Parks: vocals, guitar


Video by: Arlo Parks; Audio by: Arlo Parks; Producer: Bobby Carter; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Government Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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