The Rise and Rise of Arlo Parks

By Stacey Swanson

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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