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Arca: Xen

From Boomkat:
“Xen sets a definitive new apex for 24 year old Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi AKA Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye’s Yeezus and FKA Twigs’ LP1. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it’s a nimble leap forward from last year’s incredible &&&&& mixtape, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fusion of vaporwave electronics, tarraxho and technoid pop queered with completely unique tunings and rent with exquisite 3D dynamics. Presenting an enchanted view of the world where everything is wonderfully disfigured – whether that’s manifest in his uniquely pitched tunings, the dancer-teasing sense of anticipation to his rhythms, or simply the Alice-like oddness to it all – this is a form of music which simply could not have existed prior to the development of certain software and DAWs, and it’s all the better for it, tweaking each note and drum until they’re wincing/winking with pleasure/pain, out of time, out of place, stranded in space and wriggling right under your skin.”
Xen is out now on Mute; check out Jesse Kanda’s video for “Thievery” below.


About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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