15 Mar Arca – Mutant
Mutant is the second full album from Arca, after 2014’s excellent Xen. He’s a Venezuelan DJ and producer. There are a bunch of EPs and Mixtapes to listen to as well, that are arguably just as good as the albums while lacking the cohesion. Arca has worked on Kanye’s, FKA Twigs’, Kelela’s and Bjork’s albums as a producer and writer.
The combination of structure and chaos seems too good to be true. But you better get used to it, especially its progression within a single song. Also, the pauses from the disorder are the only ones you can trust on the record.
The title track that drives the record. It takes a few minutes to truly begin. There’s a sense of urgency to it, yet it has a storytelling aspect to it. The last minute or so sets the album free.
Pulsating in its own deconstructed way.
As heavy as it needs to be to resemble a machine gun.
Lightness amidst everything breaking around it.
14. En & 15. Siren Interlude
Entire disruption, authoritarian voices, equipped with tornado alarms from Chicago. Track 15 follows the sound. Kanye uses a similar sound on his Life of Pablo album.
Weary, wavering sounds.
Is it just me, or does this hopefully sound like Washed Out? … Not quite, not at all really, but it’s not chaotic for once. For a second track in a row.
This is surprising… another break from the noise in favour of tranquility? Not quite — the second half is the beginning of mayhem. Perhaps the sound of what’s inside his head. Likely a response to his critics, or to the ones that use the track title term nonchalantly or without thinking. We all love you, Arca. Keep doing what you’re doing.
Ah, Soichiro. The pinnacle of an Arca sound. Listen on repeat and try to stay afloat.
A perfect, disconcerted beauty that is the end to a purposely imperfect album.