Listening Post

Is Arca’s new song the most beautiful thing you’ve heard or understated evil?

The London-based producer is very good at being unsettling

For some artists their approach is to give away very little. Y’know, cultivate some mystery, keep things alluring. With Arca it appears to be the very opposite.

The Venezuelan-born, London-based producer has announced his forthcoming self-titled third album will be out on XL on 7 April.

It’s the first of his material to feature his raw, fragile singing voice. The announcement comes accompanied with the following comment from Arca:

“Here’s my voice and all my guts: feel free to judge it. It’s like a bullfight: you’re watching emotional violence for pleasure. So this is a character who, almost as a mockery of the transaction, goes uncomfortably deep, into self-mutilation. You want gore? Here’s gore.”

This is new track ‘Piel’. He’s also going to play The Roundhouse in London on 28 April.