Arca Vinyl, CD & tapes by Arca at Norman Records
In a way, it is fitting that many people were first introduced to Arca by her work on Kanye West’s game-changing 2013 LP ‘Yeezus’. While they may be rather different in sound, the parallels between the Arca/Ye collaboration and West’s work on Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ are undeniable - a relatively unknown producer injecting new life into the sound of a megastar, and in doing so announcing themselves on the world stage as a vital new voice.
Vaunted collaborations with the likes of FKA twigs and Björk have followed Arca’s work on ‘Yeezus’, but the years since have also seen the artist known to her friends as Alejandra Ghersi take centre-stage. Early solo records such as ‘Xen’ (2014) managed to be both arrestingly forthright and yet strangely insular, and they also sounded unlike pretty much anything else around at the time, their mutated electronics touching on everyone from This Heat to Fatima Al Qadiri, Holly Herndon to Jam City while also being shot through with an aching sense of saudade.
Since 2017’s eponymous album things have begun to shift a bit in Arca-land. The most obvious change has come in the sense that we often find Arca singing on her songs now, but there is also an increased confidence and greater vitality about the music she’s made in this period. Indeed, records like ‘KiCk i’ (2020) deliver as many driving, defiant club tracks as they do SOPHIE-esque futuro-ballads.
- Vinyl LP (PAN100LP)
- CD (XLCD834)
- CD (CDSTUMM386)
- CD (CDSTUMM374)
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