Arlo Parks has always seemed to wear her heart on her sleeve. But on My Soft Machine, her sophomore album, Parks’ storytelling comes from somewhere deeper.
For our Winter 2023 Issue, Parks digs into her latest record and supplementary poetry book, her fascination with trees, and the intimacy of the in-between. “I think I’ve also been allowing people in, being somebody who is accepting the fact that they are porous, and just celebrating love in different forms — whether that’s platonic love or romantic love,” she tells Kenna McCafferty. “I’ve been honoring the in-between in all things. Even with things in the past, not everything has to be completely healed or damaged. There’s always a middle space, and I think that links to the bittersweet idea that I’ve always had at the basis of everything I make.”
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The Winter 2023 Issue also comes with three alternate collectible covers, as well as stories on Zulu, WARGASM, hemlocke springs, and more.