Arlo Parks Offers Reassuring Antidote To Grief With "Hurt"

Arlo Parks Offers Reassuring Antidote To Grief With "Hurt"

August 20, 2020

Following on from a stunning cover of Radiohead's "Creep" earlier this year, Arlo Parks is back with a slightly more uplifting offering, "Hurt". Despite its subject matter — the story of someone struggling to deal with loss — Parks message is one of reassurance and encouragement, reinforcing it with a gently uplifting melody and a stirring production from Gianluca Buccellati.

Tapping into her background as a poet, it's her gift for language that really shines, painting vivid images of our protagonist, Charlie, slipping deeper and deeper into solitude and depression after the death of his mother. In just a few short lines, Parks offers a life raft in the form of the recurring mantra, I know you can't let go / of anything at the moment / Just know it won't hurt so / Won't hurt so much forever.

Arlo explains: "'Hurt' surrounds the possibility of healing from pain and the temporary nature of suffering. It is supposed to uplift and comfort those going through hard times."

With just a hint of an allusion to the Twin Peaks surrealism hinted in her lyrics, director Molly Burdett's visuals put Parks as the narrator, watching Charlie struggling to maintain balance in the world as his grief progresses.

Words: James Keith
Photography: Charlie Cummings