Arlo Parks Is Split Between Platonic and Romantic Love in “Eugene”

Photo Credit: Charlie Cummings (@charliecummings)

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // February 12, 2020

Arlo Parks was a soft-spoken child who’d conjure up fantasy worlds in her short stories, but now she’s evolved into a confident songstress with a million tales to share. Based in London, Parks is following her latest EP, sophie, with yet another track that’ll keep you begging for more. “Eugene” explores the gray area between platonic and romantic love that none of us can ever seem to figure out. 

Whether you’re crushing on your best friend or not, “Eugene” is definitely a vulnerable track worth listening to. Focusing on themes like agony, jealousy, and confusion, “Eugene” offers an intimate narrative inspired by Parks’ personal experiences. Although we don’t know the specifics of Parks’ past relationships, we totally understand what she’s going through. 

On the “Eugene” visual, Arlo Parks shared,

“I was so grateful to be able to work with the Coyle-Larner brothers. They created such an intimate visual that really allows for a million different interpretations – it was a very special moment for me.”

The accompanying visual is an absolute masterpiece provided to us by The Coyle-Larner Brothers. With a refreshing burst of color, the “Eugene” music video depicts Parks spending quality time with someone who we’d assume is her best friend. After all the popcorn flinging and cuddle sessions, the shared bed splits in two and Parks is left alone, but her friend is now with someone else. Parks lies on her side feeling isolated and hurt until her conflicted friend rejoins her at the end of the relatable video. 

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