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Arca

Arca

Arca

Third album from London-based Venezuelan electronic producer Alejandro Ghersi who's worked with FKA Twigs, Bjork and Kanye West

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
XL
UK Release date
07/04/2017
US Release date
07/04/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Ecclesiastical grandeur meets bleeding-edge dissonance
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  2. 10.0 |   Crack

    The best album of the year so far
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  3. 10.0 |   State

    It’s the work of an already outstanding artist at the top of his game, and the most breathtaking artistic achievement of the young year so far
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  4. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Exposes his humanity to intoxicating effect
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  5. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Both emotionally enrapturing and conceptually thrilling
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  6. 8.6 |   Resident Advisor

    The clarity of Ghersi's vision allows him to dip into avant garde expressions without breaking the album's stride
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  7. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    His latest feels both intimate and expansive, a connection between his melodic past and a chaotic future
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  8. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    As the world quickly descends into a farcical modern tragedy, Arca has provided the fraught sounds for either society’s painful dissolution or its eventual rebirth
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  9. 8.3 |   Earbuddy

    Arca gets up close and personal
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  10. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    His most daring and enthralling record yet
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  11. 8.2 |   Gig Soup

    With his new opus, he’s re-attuned our conceptions of what an Arca album could be, finding a way of processing radiant melody, unguarded emotion and airy, show-stealing vocals without sacrificing content and in doing so taking his art to higher elevations
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  12. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Arca presents its artist as an icon and publicly visible figure, no longer obscured or represented by Jesse Kanda’s avatars. Here is Alejandro Ghersi’s face, and his voice, and his body, and his concerns, direct and unmediated
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  13. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Having painted melodic landscapes for the likes of FKA Twigs and Bjork in the past, he’s found his own space musically, too: a twitchy, grubby, foreboding concoction of electronic atmospherics
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  14. 8.0 |   Clash

    Through ‘Arca’, Ghersi guides the listener to contort and cry their way through otherworldly, synthetic dimensions
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  15. 8.0 |   The FT

    The electronic musician has turned vocalist for his third album, with impressive results
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  16. 8.0 |   The Music

    Moves beyond beats to deliver a dramatic album that tends to the operatic
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  17. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Ghersi hasn't lost his fondness for tempered electronic cacophony, but has expanded his palette, to mind-bendingly gorgeous results
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    Ghersi occupies a sonic multiverse of his own creation. Print edition only

  19. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The more Arca consolidates his sound, the more he reveals how much more space he has left to explore
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  20. 7.5 |   The 405

    It’s a challenging but rewarding listen which uncovers itself most rewardingly when given full attention on a dark and melancholic night
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  21. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    If you want something that adequately reflects and condemns our appalling social/political/bodily mind-state, you could do a lot worse than the new Arca album
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  22. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Producer aims high to find his voice
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  23. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Strange worlds to enjoy, if not fully understand
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