UNXIGNED is independently run by a team of freelance writers and music curators helping underrated artists get the attention they deserve and guilt-tripping fans into checking out the irresistible. Help us keep the lights on with your riches, you lucky mortals or, better yet, give it to the most needy.

Arrowroot is a plant sometimes used medicinally or as a source of starch when cultivated from the root that’s often found underground. It’s also the title of a single from Parker Smith’s upcoming sophomore album, Underground.

Smith’s baritone vocals emerge from a symphony of strings that sing within the Americana folk modus operandi. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the folk musician possesses the skills of both a songwriter and a performer. He is here to share stories—through songs he feels they find their best home for expression.

Thoughtful imagery sheds light on a larger theme expressed throughout this song. “Stuck inside a dusty picture frame/ Buried my grandfather’s name/ Not a blemish or a wrinkle on his face/ Mired in time and space/ Arrowroot, quarter moon/ Sunshower, monsoon/ Moonbeams, kudzu/ Climbing softly back to you.”

The use of plants and their nature paint motifs of cycles, memories, and the passage of life. Perennial plants are those that are continually recurring or long-lasting much like the relationship Smith is alluding towards in this piece. Kudzu (also known as Japanese or Chinese arrowroot), for example, is a group of climbing perennial vines that’s known to be invasive in North America.

Much like the nature of this plant and the cycles of the moon seems to be the nature of this someone’s presence in Smith’s life but also the nature of life itself. A nature that involves a cycle and end to things unlike those we see preserved in the “dusty picture frame.”

See also  Possible Oceans predicted the future with "Blood in the Water"

“Arrowroot” is out and will accompany many songs April 9 on Underground. Listen below.


Support independent music journalism. Support UNXIGNED.

UNXIGNED is all about the indie. As an independently run music and artist discovery blog, UNXIGNED's core values are founded on the belief that music, being a universal language and an essential part of culture, must be celebrated no matter the scene an artist represents. It is our mission at UNXIGNED to help deserving indie artists—seasoned and new—be heard globally and to produce quality content for readers and listeners to enjoy.

If you approve of this cause and wish to show your support for its upkeep and furtherance, you may do so by making a donation in any amount through these channels:


Buy Me a Coffee


If you're in the Philippines and have GCash, you may send your donation by scanning our QR Code through your GCash app.

We understand that not everyone is in the position to donate, given the most pressing problem we all face these days. Alternatively, you can show some love by simply spreading the word about UNXIGNED and the music you care about.

Leave a Reply


Highlighting the finest of underrated music.

Grow with us!