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Electronic/Dance - Released April 7, 2017 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 26, 2020 | XL Recordings

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For his fourth solo album, Arca has decided to display all her facets. For the Venezuelan producer, who now identifies as a trans woman, expression isn’t just about musical marketing but an introspective journey. “We all have multiple personalities. There was a clear intention [on the album] to allow every self to express itself [. . .and] allow for modulation between them in a spontaneous way. There is no such thing as normal.” Such fluidity is proven on the first track Non Binary, where the vocals change in an evolutive way. Recruited for her sense of sound design by Kanye West and Franck Ocean, Arca has a unique skill for expressing her emotions in a digital format, often even mathematical, like in the song featuring Catalan singer Rosalía whose voice is broken down and reassembled on the cyberpunk reggaeton KLK. Her reunions with Björk, with whom Arca produced the album Utopia in 2017, are particularly good (Afterwards), as well as her collaboration with SOPHIE which should satisfy the expectations of all futuristic pop fans. An onion of an album, which will leave you in a disorientated state of marvel. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electronic/Dance - Released May 20, 2020 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 26, 2020 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 5, 2015 | Mute

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 20, 2015 | Mute

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 23, 2014 | Dsa

Most of the weaknesses in Arca's debut album were fixed on the follow-up, titled Angles, but more importantly it feels like a group effort. Sylvain Chauveau (guitar, keyboards) and Joan Cambon (bass, guitar, programming) are joined this time by drummer Julien Brandwyk and cellist Géraldine Devillières. Matthias Meier (clarinets) and Widy Marché (guitars) also make appearances. The songs are much more heart-taking, developing lush atmospheres dipped in melancholia without sounding frail. Chauveau is a mainstay of the post-rock movement (to talk of a movement), and with Angles he shows that Arca could become the biggest band in the field since Tortoise and Godspeed You Black Emperor!. One possible obstacle is the music's reliance on French spoken voices to develop a subtext to these otherwise instrumental pieces. Themes of deception, erotic dysfunction, and media manipulation are dear to Chauveau and empower the music with a subversiveness that is more convincing than what GYBE! has done, yet if you don't understand French, it will all sound like clichéd textural backdrops. The best musical moments happen when a slow, deceptively simple (two, three notes) and repetitive melody on guitar or organ tops a double-time motif -- in "Face" and "Perspective of Nude," both featuring mallet percussion (or similar-sounding keyboard patches), the music gets very close to Pierre Moerlen-era Gong without the blandness common in this brand of jazz-rock. Without a single weak track and with plenty of replay appeal, Angles is a must-have and one of the best instrumental rock albums of 2003. © François Couture /TiVo
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Xen

Electronic/Dance - Released November 4, 2014 | Mute

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Electronic/Dance - Released December 2, 2014 | ARCA

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 30, 2020 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released December 2, 2014 | ARCA

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 17, 2020 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 20, 2015 | Mute

Arca's Alejandra Ghersi remained as prolific as she was before projects like her highly acclaimed debut album Xen and her production work on Björk's Vulnicura raised her profile. Just a few months after Xen's release, Ghersi issued Sheep, a mixtape of music she composed for a Hood by Air fashion show. As an artist with a distinctive look and sound, Arca's connection to the fashion world made sense, but Sheep wasn't standard runway fare: with tracks that sampled the bleating of sheep and choral music (as well as the work of Björk, Robert Wyatt, and Lana Del Ray), it teetered between stylish and subversive, disturbing and poignant. Ghersi expands on this complicated headspace on Mutant, a set of tracks that feels like a hard-won celebration of individuality. A few of Sheep's pivotal moments reappear here, providing some of the album's touchstones. "Else" manages to be both delicate and heavy, while "Hymn"'s intensity reaches fittingly awe-inspiring levels. Ghersi uses chanted vocals to humanize the mechanical chaos of "Umbilical," and renders them unearthly on the eerie, frantic "En." Of course, Mutant is much more than a rehash of Sheep. Ghersi also goes deeper into Xen's elastic yet abrasive sound world, heightening and fragmenting it into extremes: stripped down to little more than echoing chords, "Gratitude" initially plays like a respite from the album's density, but there's as much tension in its spaces as there is on busier tracks like "Enveloped," a melee of ping-ponging beats and lush tones that is one of the few nods to the more structured approach of Ghersi's debut. Instead, Mutant emphasizes the physicality of Arca's music. It often feels like she is applying extreme pressure to these songs and suddenly releasing it, letting the gut-punching percussion and brittle synth tones bend and break at will. The results are frequently stunning, as on the strafing, sparkling opener "Alive" or the lengthy title track, which is built on a shuddering beat that sounds like it was recorded on fault lines. Mutant's fragmentation suggests the breaking of emotional boundaries as well as musical ones. From the kinetic melancholy of "Snakes" to the more personal territory of "Soichiro" (which uses the middle name of longtime collaborator Jesse Kanda as its title) and "Faggot," which unites the album's hardness and softness in a bold reclamation of that slur, this is some of Ghersi's most charged-sounding music. Mutant may be some of her most challenging work yet, but as Arca's music becomes more abstract, the viewpoint behind it comes into focus in ways that embrace strangeness, ugliness, and beauty equally. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Xen

Electronic/Dance - Released November 4, 2014 | Mute

Arca (aka Alejandra Ghersi) proves her mastery of flux once again on Xen, an album where every aspect of her music is in glorious limbo. Unfettered by vocalists -- Kanye West and FKA Twigs are some of her highest-profile collaborators -- the producer takes her tracks in wild but uniquely balanced directions. Borrowing equally from classical and hip-hop inspirations, her impressionistic sounds flow, stutter, bounce off of, and crash into each other in ways that unite and elevate each element, whether on "Now You Know"'s stark recombinations of strings, flute, and percussion or the dense, rumbling "Promise." Xen's intricate miniatures recall Arca's mixtape &&&&&, but where that work unfolded like a 25-minute sound painting (and was even performed as an audiovisual piece at New York's Museum of Modern Art with collaborator Jesse Kanda), these tracks are more discrete. "Xen" itself is a satisfying microcosm of the entire album, packed full of sounds in a way that's challenging but never jumbled. Occasionally, Ghersi allows a beat to proceed more or less undisturbed: "Sisters," which pairs metallic tones with a drumbeat mutated from Prince's "When the Doves Cry," approaches alien pop; "Thievery"'s massive rhythm section nods to Arca's more club-friendly work but retains the uncanny feel of the album's more abstract moments. More often, though, she reconfigures sounds on an almost molecular level. She minces hip-hop into an ebbing, flowing mosaic on "Lonely Thugg," where buried vocal snippets underscore Xen's unsettlingly organic feel. "Failed," one of a few melancholy and melodic interludes, recalls the way Oneohtrix Point Never chopped and pasted the melodramatic sounds of '80s New Age into new forms on R Plus Seven. However, Ghersi tempers cerebral soundplay with pure emotion, a move that gives Xen its own rich character and depth. The piano on the meditative "Held Apart" flows like tears in the rain, while "Sad Bitch" and "Wound" let their electronics sing just as beautifully as a human voice as they flicker between rapturous and mournful. The way Arca plays with and decorates time, letting sounds and moods mutate spontaneously, makes Xen a complete picture of her artistry and promises much more. © Heather Phares /TiVo

Electronic/Dance - Released February 21, 2020 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 22, 2020 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 22, 2020 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 20, 2020 | XL Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 28, 2006 | Soundsister Records

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 5, 2015 | Mute

Arca (aka Alejandra Ghersi) proves her mastery of flux once again on Xen, an album where every aspect of her music is in glorious limbo. Unfettered by vocalists -- Kanye West and FKA Twigs are some of her highest-profile collaborators -- the producer takes her tracks in wild but uniquely balanced directions. Borrowing equally from classical and hip-hop inspirations, her impressionistic sounds flow, stutter, bounce off of, and crash into each other in ways that unite and elevate each element, whether on "Now You Know"'s stark recombinations of strings, flute, and percussion or the dense, rumbling "Promise." Xen's intricate miniatures recall Arca's mixtape &&&&&, but where that work unfolded like a 25-minute sound painting (and was even performed as an audiovisual piece at New York's Museum of Modern Art with collaborator Jesse Kanda), these tracks are more discrete. "Xen" itself is a satisfying microcosm of the entire album, packed full of sounds in a way that's challenging but never jumbled. Occasionally, Ghersi allows a beat to proceed more or less undisturbed: "Sisters," which pairs metallic tones with a drumbeat mutated from Prince's "When the Doves Cry," approaches alien pop; "Thievery"'s massive rhythm section nods to Arca's more club-friendly work but retains the uncanny feel of the album's more abstract moments. More often, though, she reconfigures sounds on an almost molecular level. She minces hip-hop into an ebbing, flowing mosaic on "Lonely Thugg," where buried vocal snippets underscore Xen's unsettlingly organic feel. "Failed," one of a few melancholy and melodic interludes, recalls the way Oneohtrix Point Never chopped and pasted the melodramatic sounds of '80s New Age into new forms on R Plus Seven. However, Ghersi tempers cerebral soundplay with pure emotion, a move that gives Xen its own rich character and depth. The piano on the meditative "Held Apart" flows like tears in the rain, while "Sad Bitch" and "Wound" let their electronics sing just as beautifully as a human voice as they flicker between rapturous and mournful. The way Arca plays with and decorates time, letting sounds and moods mutate spontaneously, makes Xen a complete picture of her artistry and promises much more. © Heather Phares /TiVo