Look who is singing now. Only Arca.. and he's ready for a fight. "You want gore? Here's gore" he threatens. This is the third album from the Venezuelan born, London based artist, and freshly signed to XL Recordings - the label that rarely fails. This is sure to be another much anticipated record from this hotshot.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 05 April 2017
It’s happened. From the towering success of Yeezus to the weird twisted Mutant, it is time for Arca’s defining album. This, is, the, sound of, Arca. I can just hear the Heart FM ads now. But guess what - surprise - he’s started singing.
That’s right, he has introduced his soaring falsetto croons to the dramatic and intense world of synthesised noises he has built solidly around himself. And I mean soaring. Arca has an extremely operatic but soft voice, sort of like James Blake or Anohni. The first track on the record sounds like ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ with synths. Melodically, it definitely complements the ever-emotional and texturally dense electronica on the record, sometimes coming straight to the fore and at others lost in a sea of reverb like the phantom of the opera. I’m not sure I’m fully into his style, but it’s definitely refreshing. Don’t ask me, it was Bjork that talked him into it.
Oh yeah, the rest of the music. Beatwise, it feels quite like a Hyperdub record, with frail sampled skeletons forming the bulk of the beatmaking tools, little fragments flitting between the ears. Ok, I still can’t un-hear the electronic-opera-ness of this record. Even in the synth chords and arrangements, it feels very much like Anohni’s Hopelessness. I’m just not sure!
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