"Mutant" by Arca on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2015, progressive electronic producer Alejandro Ghersi is best known for his client list, which includes Kanye West (Yeezus), Björk (Vulnicura) and the R&B chimera FKA twigs (EP2). Listening to his sophomore album, you can see what they liked. Dark, chilly, abstract and atmospheric but grounded by a visceral sense of rhythm, Mutant wobbles around like a creature that’s just fallen from space. Its best moments—the fractured interlude “Vanity” or quasi-industrial “Soichiro”—seem to abide by their own laws of physics, splintering under invisible pressure.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2015, progressive electronic producer Alejandro Ghersi is best known for his client list, which includes Kanye West (Yeezus), Björk (Vulnicura) and the R&B chimera FKA twigs (EP2). Listening to his sophomore album, you can see what they liked. Dark, chilly, abstract and atmospheric but grounded by a visceral sense of rhythm, Mutant wobbles around like a creature that’s just fallen from space. Its best moments—the fractured interlude “Vanity” or quasi-industrial “Soichiro”—seem to abide by their own laws of physics, splintering under invisible pressure.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

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FUTURE CLASSIC

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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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