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ANAÏS OLUWATOYIN ESTELLE MARINHO, now known as Arlo Parks, was brought into the world on August 9th, 2000, and grew up in West London. Before mastering English, she acquired a fluency in French. It was poetry, rather than music, that first captured Parks’ interest. As an adolescent, the artist was inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl”, marveling at its form and rhyme. When she began to write her own poetry, it embodied a flight from reality – as if meant for a Hollywood movie: it imagined a character running away from everything or becoming enamored with someone. Music entered Parks’ creative sphere when she began reciting her poetry on top of beats. Her art, verse, and music then became intertwined to eventually form Super Sad Generation, an EP of vivid personal songs with a Gen Z viewpoint...

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Hear the Music: This monthly playlist accompanies every issue of Music Alive!

  1. Weightless Arlo Parks 4:03
  2. Bailamos Enrique Iglesias 3:34
  3. Fire Totem All In Music 1:44
  4. Tha Knot Young Grey Horse 4:23
  5. Woeté Wakan Olowan (Food Offering Song) Earlwin B. Bullhead 2:38
  6. Journey to the Past Native American Music Consort & Shamanic Drumming World 3:45
  7. Round Dance Plains Indians 9:00
  8. We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee Redbone 3:30
  9. Yeha-Noha (Wishes of Happiness and Prosperity) Sacred Spirit 4:04
  10. Witchi Tia To Jim Pepper 5:19
  11. Coyote Dance Robbie Robertson 4:07
  12. Ke Sakihitin Awasis (I Love You, Baby) Buffy Sainte-Marie 4:09
  13. Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 3:37
  14. Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer 4:38
  15. Turangalîla Symphonie: V. Joie de sang des étoiles Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Takashi Harada 6:19
  16. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham! 3:51
  17. Eureka M & Robin Scott 3:17
  18. Policy of Truth Depeche Mode 4:54
  19. Workinonit J Dilla 2:57
  20. Beyond Beliefs Ben Böhmer 5:14
  21. ocean eyes Billie Eilish 3:20
  22. Applause Lady Gaga 3:32
  23. End of Line Daft Punk 2:37
  24. Blinding Lights The Weeknd 3:20