“Hope” by breakout artist Arlo Parks is a moving, sincere message about knowing that you’re not alone. The song is light and upbeat despite its darker lyrics as Parks provides empathy and support to a struggling friend. “Hope” is Stephanie’s DJ Pick of the Week!
The verses describe a girl at rock bottom. She’s struggling with her mental health and hiding the truth about her feelings from her friends and family. Parks works to encourage and uplift her in the chorus, repeating “you’re not alone like you think you are.” Though the song is about a friend, it’s also a heartfelt message to her listeners.
“The song surrounds isolation, being present in your pain and knowing that you’re not the only one on the planet feeling low,” Parks explained during the song’s premiere on BBC Radio 1. “I think especially in times like these it’s important to focus on the inevitability that things will get better.”
The music video for the song helps illustrate Parks’ point. Warm and vibrant, the video follows Parks lending a shoulder to cry on to an isolated, depressed friend. You can check it out below.
Tune into 100.1 FM or lightning100.com to hear “Hope” by Arlo Parks, featured as Stephanie’s DJ Pick of the Week. Be sure to let us know your thoughts! Tweet at us with #L100DJPick and share your take on the track.