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EDITORS’ NOTES

Venezuelan producer Arca typically makes compelling, lyrical music without saying a word, twisting digital dissonance and gorgeously rendered synth tones into songs you could practically hang on the walls of the Guggenheim. But on his self-titled third album, words become the focus. While an abrasive, intricately programmed instrumental like "Castration" says a fair bit on its own, "Anoche" and "Piel" reach a spellbinding new level for Arca, as he sings Spanish-language poetry about shedding identities and the messiness of love over truly haunting textures.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Venezuelan producer Arca typically makes compelling, lyrical music without saying a word, twisting digital dissonance and gorgeously rendered synth tones into songs you could practically hang on the walls of the Guggenheim. But on his self-titled third album, words become the focus. While an abrasive, intricately programmed instrumental like "Castration" says a fair bit on its own, "Anoche" and "Piel" reach a spellbinding new level for Arca, as he sings Spanish-language poetry about shedding identities and the messiness of love over truly haunting textures.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

29 Ratings

I hate the idea of reviewing before listening but..

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..the music existing within this album will no doubt be a sonic reflection of what it means to be an individual amidst a sea of clones. Whether you can relate to the aberrence of his message, or his claims, or his execution, it is important to note how crucial it is that there are those out there who can find a way to cherish what it is that Arca has to bring to the table. It is people like him who will be used as reference points within the history books of the future - especially those concerneced with bravery and the fearlessness of an entirely public self discovery. I beg of thee: attempt to cherish him, for by sharing a species with him places thee several millenia ahead of your deserved slot in human evolution.

Chillllll

Future Sign,

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About Arca

Alejandro Ghersi (aka Arca and Nuuro), is a Caracas-born, Brooklyn-based producer of lurching, abstract hip-hop. In 2012, he issued a trio of short-form releases for the UNO label: the four-track Baron Libre, the six-track Stretch 1, and the most substantial of the three, the ten-track -- but still EP-length -- Stretch 2. His work caught the ear of Kanye West, who sought him to co-produce four tracks for Yeezus: "Hold My Liquor," "I'm in It," "Blood on the Leaves," and "Send It Up." That album was issued in June 2013. A month later, Arca released his own &&&&& for Hippos in Tanks, and he maintained his profile due to heavy involvement with FKA Twigs' self-titled EP for Young Turks. A vinyl edition of &&&&& was made available the following January. In September 2014, the single "Thievery" became Arca's debut release for Mute; shortly thereafter, his first full-length for the label, Xen, arrived. Arca also co-produced FKA Twigs' 2014 debut album LP1, and Björk's Vulnicura and Kelela's EP Hallucinogen in 2015. Early that year, he self-released Sheep, his score for a Hood by Air fashion show that featured samples of Björk, Lana Del Ray, and Robert Wyatt in its tracks. Several songs from Sheep appeared on Mutant, a dense, challenging set that Mute released in November 2015. The Entrañas mixtape featured a collaboration with Mica Levi and arrived in mid-2016. After announcing that his third official album was to be titled Reverie, Arca signed to XL in 2017 and released the vocal-heavy Arca. ~ Andy Kellman

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