Watch Arlo Parks Perform Her Breakthrough Single ‘Black Dog’ on ‘Jimmy Fallon’


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In late January, 20-year-old English singer/songwriter Arlo Parks released Collapsed in Sunbeams, her full-length debut album. A revelatory and emotionally nuanced collection of melancholy indie/pop, the album came after Parks amassed significant attention with a series of single releases over the past year or so.

One of the record’s standout songs is “Black Dog,” which earned major airplay on SiriusXM. Named after Winston Churchill’s name for depression, the song tackles mental health with an honesty that is reflected in its refrain, It’s so cruel what your mind can do for no reason.

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Arlo Parks and her band performed the song for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night, and the performance can be seen below. Parks goes solo for the first few minutes beore reconnecting with her band for the finale, and it’s a great introduction to the song:

On social media, Parks expressed excitement about the opportunity to perform for The Tonight Show — and added a bit about some North American concert dates currently scheduled for Fall 2021:

 

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There is no doubt whatsoever that Collapsed in Sunbeams will make Arlo Parks a star. It’s fresh, invigorating and deep, and the musical exploration she and Buccellati embark on throughout the record hits a target that might otherwise have seemed unattainable.

My album is a series of vignettes and intimate portraits surrounding my adolescence and the people that shaped it,” Parks said of the album and its inspiration. “It is rooted in storytelling and nostalgia – I want it to feel both universal and hyper specific.

It succeeds on both levels, and then some.


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