Indie-pop singer Alro Parks turned the stage into a dance floor at the Observatory on Thursday Night. Debuting her new album “My Soft Machine,” featuring artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Lous and the Yakuza, their lyrics cut straight to the heart with a clarity and intensity that bordered on cathartic.  But it wasn’t all somber introspection. Tracks like “Too Good” and “Caroline” infused the set with a sense of buoyant optimism, reminding us that even in our darkest moments, there is always the promise of light on the horizon. Despite the high quality of music, perhaps the most powerful aspect of the evening was the sense of community that pervaded the room.

As strangers swayed and sang along to Parks’ melodies, it was impossible not to feel a profound sense of connection—to the music, to each other, and to the shared human experience that binds us all together. In conclusion, Arlo Parks’ performance was more than just a concert—it was a journey of the soul, a testament to the power of music to heal, inspire, and unite. If you ever have the opportunity to experience her live, I urge you to do so without hesitation. You won’t regret it.

Photos by Perry Pitcher