Arlo Parks has shared her spin on Patti Smith’s classic track, ‘Redondo Beach’, and the result is as glorious as you’d expect.
Parks is the latest name to take part in the illustrious Parisian YouTube channel La Blogothèque. The project initially caught flames in the mid-to-late noughties with its ‘Take Away Shows’, which has seen huge stars like Mac DeMarco and Bon Iver take to the streets of the French capital to perform an impromptu show.
However, social distancing measures have meant that the channel has to think out of the box. Parks’ cover of ‘Redondo Beach’ was filmed live at Studio Ferber, Paris, France, and begins with a shot of Parks entering the studio while the original plays. Before the singer-songwriter sits down at the piano to perform, she states: “For me, punk is pure self-expression that isn’t afraid to challenge the norm.”
Following the performance, Parks discusses why she picked ‘Redondo Beach’, which appeared on Smith’s seminal 1975 album, Horses. “I chose to do this cover because I remember reading Just Kids when I was younger and discovering Patti Smith then, and the idea of New York in the ’60s and ’70s, it’s always been just really important to me and how free and raw her music was,” Parks notes.
The singer continues: “Horses has a special place in my heart just because of the topics she explores and how powerful she is as a woman, and how unapologetic she is. It’s just one of those records that’s been with me as I’ve grown, and the meaning of it has changed as I’ve changed. It’s always felt really relevant to me. I just love it.”
Take a few minutes out and listen to the 20-year-old’s take on ‘Redondo Beach’, below.