Arlo Parks: From Melodies to Metaphors – Exploring Poetry, Albums, and Touring

Arlo Parks has been making waves with her recent endeavours, from poetry to tea blends and an exciting second studio album.

The talented musician and poet has announced the release of her deeply personal debut poetry collection, titled “The Magic Border: Poetry and Fragments from My Soft Machine.”

This remarkable book combines Arlo’s never-before-seen poetry, song lyrics, and captivating images captured by photographer Daniyel Lowden.

With twenty original poems exploring themes of the queer experience, blackness, grief, trauma, and love, Arlo Parks offers readers a rare glimpse into her creative world.

Known for her introspective and evocative lyrics, Arlo Parks has won the hearts of fans and industry luminaries alike.

Collaborating with artists such as Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, Ocean Vuong, and Harry Styles, Parks has made her mark on the music scene with her soul-stirring melodies. Now, she invites us to delve deeper into her artistry through the intimate medium of poetry.

Speaking about the book, Arlo Parks said, “Writing poetry, to me, is about profound interiority. It is about wading into the saltwater of your own body, capillaries bursting, eyes brimming, unmoored.

This collection is the fruit of that inner probing.” She further expressed her pride in sharing this personal lens with her audience, stating, “I am proud to show you this personal lens that life shimmers through. This book is no longer mine. It is yours.”

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While fans eagerly await the release of “The Magic Border,” Arlo Parks has already treated them to her second studio album, “My Soft Machine.”

Released on Transgressive Records, the album showcases Arlo’s growth as an artist, with her signature introspection and vulnerability taking center stage. The album, featuring the hit track “Purple Phase,” has been widely acclaimed for its emotional depth and introspective lyrics.

Adding to her list of accomplishments, Arlo Parks is set to embark on a major tour, returning to Australia and New Zealand next month.

Last August, she made her debut headline tour in the region, performing to sold-out crowds in Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and more. This time, she will grace the iconic Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall for her debut headline performance, as well as perform at the renowned Splendour In The Grass festival in North Byron Parklands.

In an unexpected collaboration, Arlo Parks has also joined forces with T Totaler, an artisanal loose leaf tea company, to create an exclusive, Australian-only tea blend inspired by her second studio album.

Named “Purple Phase” after one of the album’s tracks, the blend combines organic chamomile with lemon myrtle and blue pea flower. Just like the album’s art, the tea changes color from electric blue to deep purple as it brews, serving as a reminder to pause, appreciate life’s beauty, and savor the moment.

Arlo Parks continues to captivate audiences with her introspective artistry, whether through music, poetry, or unexpected collaborations.

As she takes her poetry beyond the confines of her trusted circle, fans eagerly await the release of “The Magic Border,” ready to delve into the depths of her creativity.

With her upcoming tour, including a headline performance at the Sydney Opera House, Arlo Parks is set to enchant and inspire audiences across Australia and New Zealand once again.


Friday, July 14 | Night Light Festival, New Zealand | Tickets
Monday, July 17 | Forum, Naarm/Melbourne | Tickets
Thursday, July 20 | Sydney Opera House, Eora/Sydney | Tickets
Saturday, July 22 | Splendour In The Grass 2023, North Byron Parklands | Tickets
Sunday, July 23 | The Gov, Tarndanya/Adelaide | Tickets
Tuesday, July 25 | Astor Theatre, Boorloo/Perth | Tickets