This Week’s Model — Arlo Parks, “Softly”

Promoting her new single on Instagram, Arlo Parks told her fans to “get ready to throw yourselves around your bedrooms with aching! glowing! hearts!” And ain’t that the truth. Bobbing on a cool neo-soul groove, “Softly” is an emotional accounting of a relationship in its final stage of collapse, when one partner sees the coming ruins and yet hasn’t yet detached their heart from the initial swoony feelings. It’s the romanticism of pending heartbreak, all wrapped up in a lovely sonic package. Give in to the churn.

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