“My Soft Machine” it is a deeply personal work, a narrative of experience Arla Squares as a man in his twenties and development overlaps with them.
“The world, our perception of it, is filled with the greatest things we experience – our trauma, our upbringing, our vulnerability, almost like a visible snowflake. This record is life through my personal lens, through my body – mid-20s, drug abuse addiction and friends close to me, the guts of first love, struggling with PTSD, depression, self-sabotage and happiness, traveling the world with joy and emotion – what it’s like to be trapped in this body. There is a quote from the movie “The Souvenir” by Joanna. This is a biopic by Tilda Swinton. It tells the story of how the main character, a young film student, falls in love with an older, charming man, and then gets involved in his alcoholism. In one of the opening scenes, she explains why people watch cinema – “We don’t want to see life as it is acted out, we want to see it as it is lived in this soft machine.” So we have my soft machine.” says Arlo. Hence the name of the album “My smooth machine”.
“My Soft Machine” follows Arlo’s critically acclaimed and award-winning debut, Wrapped in Sunbeams. The artist’s debut album was released in 2020 and became the 3rd best selling album in the UK. The album received widespread acclaim, resulting in two Grammy nominations, three BRIT Award nominations and a win in the “Breakthrough Artist” category. The artist also won the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Music Award and the BBC Introductory Award in the “Artist of the Year” category. His debut album also reached the top three in the UK Albums Chart and won the AIM Awards for Best Independent Album and UK Independent Achievement. In addition, Arlo was nominated for International Breakthrough Act at the BET Awards, recognized as UNICEF’s highest profile supporter, and ambassador for UK mental health charity CALM. He plans to continue his extensive work with both charities in 2023. Arlo has performed at many festivals around the world such as: Coachella, Glastonbury, All Points East, End Of The Road, Fuji Rocks, Melt, Montreux Jazz, Parklife.
In addition to the many awards he won last year, Arlo’s debut album was featured on almost every “Best Albums of 2021” list and received critical acclaim from media outlets such as The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NME, The FADER and many others. Arlo performed singles from his debut album on “Later…With Jools Holland” and “The Graham Norton Show” in the UK. He has also appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “The Late Show with James Corden”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, “CBS This Morning: Saturday”, “Ellen DeGeneres”.
Thanks to his songs, he found new fans, including Billie Eilish, Florence Welch, Michelle Obama, Angel Olsen, Phoebe Bridgers, Massive Attack and famous writer Zadie Smith.