Following an Annie Mac premiere on BBC Radio 1, Arlo Parks has shared her first new music of the decade: the euphonious 'Eugene'. An intimate yet immediate song about having complicated feelings towards a friend, "it explores the agony, jealousy and confusion that comes to light when the lines between platonic and romantic love blur", writes Parks. You can listen to Eugene here.
The video was directed by The Coyle-Larner Brothers, Ben and Ryan. Ben (Loyle Carner) is predominantly known for his work as a musician, but his multi-disciplinary approach to creative expression took him behind the camera for 'Eugene', working alongside his brother to create a vision that perfectly brings to life the tone and lyrics of Arlo's track. "Arlo's enigmatic voice perfectly complements our visual style, the track is banging", says Ryan.
Working with Ben and Ryan was a dream come true for nineteen-year old Arlo Parks, who has been a huge fan of Ben's music since her early teens. His was the very first live show she ever saw, so when he watched her perform from the side of the stage at Latitude Festival last year, it was a total 'pinch yourself' moment for the young artist. Since then and after time spent on the road together - including a date at Alexandra Palace - they've forged a close friendship, paving the way for this collaboration. On the process of making the video, Parks says "I was so grateful to be able to work with the Coyle-Larner brothers. They created such an intimate visual that really allows for a million different interpretations - it was a very special moment for me". Having just signed to London based production company Spindle, 'Eugene' is the siblings' directorial debut, with Ben noting "the better half of the Coyle-Larner brothers is finally old enough to get it cracking, I’m over the moon to be working with my brother."
This February and March, Arlo will hit the road again for a thirteen-date run of headline shows, in cities which include Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and London, before heading to the US for her first shows stateside at SXSW. All tickets are available here.