13 Songs, 43 Minutes

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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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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