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Album Review

Arca's first album does not fall far from the Micro:Mega tree. Sylvain Chauveau's collaboration with Joan Cambon remains firmly anchored in the atmosphere and instrumentation of post-rock, while emphasizing the electronic side. Looped field recordings evoke the mood common to artists frequenting the Montréal-based Constellation label, while the light guitar-picking motifs, atmospheric synthesizers, and programmed beats bring the music closer to the stables of the England-based label Ochre (90 Degrees South, Land of Nod, Stylus). Released at the same time as Chauveau's second solo CD, Nocturne Impalpable, Arca will reassure Micro:Mega fans, so to speak, as the music here remains in the rock realm — cinematic rock, very urban but without the sadness found in Godspeed You Black Emperor! Actually, even though it remains interesting and cute, this album lacks an emotional dimension altogether, except for the opening track, "Baixa," which soars higher, reaching a psych/space rock trance similar to Ebeling Hughes. Elsewhere, stripped melodies are stated in a detached manner and left undeveloped, the voice samples (in French, Spanish, and English) dressing up the tunes. When cello and glockenspiel enter in "Quand Tombent les Toits" (When Roofs Fell), the similarities with GYBE! turn to dangerous quasi-plagiarism. ~ François Couture, Rovi

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mi emperatriz, mi emperador. El que nos guía a la luz.

I hate the idea of reviewing before listening but..

..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.


Genre: Electronic

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...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Expected Release: Apr 07, 2017
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