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Arlo Parks - Black Dog
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Published:
May 25, 2020
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This song’s beautiful and expressive lyrics feel wise beyond its time, which is why you may be surprised to learn the singer is only 19-years-old. The artist talks about trying to cheer someone up enough to get them out of their bedroom, even if it’s just to take a quick trip to the store. She wraps a powerful message about mental health into the folk-y song, like in the repeated line, “it’s so cruel what your mind can do for no reason.”

Not only is Arlo Parks a musician from south London, but she’s also a poet. Her experience as a writer explains why the song, which was released in the beginning of May, is effortlessly lyrical.

Parks creates such a carefree sound with a blend of warm and mostly acoustic instrumentals. A light guitar carries throughout the tune, making the somber message a bit easier to swallow.

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