Arca - Thievery
Mysterious and unclassifiable Venezuelan producer Arca announces his debut album.
I first came aross Arca a fair while ago now, when our record label boss pointed him out in THIS POST about some producers people should be getting their ears around. Here's what he said at the time: "...Bucket loads of proper haunting synth work and drum sounds like a frikkin army of skeletons banging on barrels. The perfect soundtrack to a rave in a graveyard, with more groove than Mid West miserablists Salem, and the dripping tap gloop of Balam Acab, it's equally likely to appeal to fans of Darkhouse Fam, Coco Bryce, or any of those other neck snapping LA/UK beat wizards. Levels!" If that doesn't pique your interest, know Arca was one of many incredible underground producers Kanye West employed to help bring Yeezus to life.
I can't really do Arca's sound anymore justice than that, and his dark, dense, atmospheric brand of electronica will soon find its way onto his debut album, titled Xen, and due November 7 via Mute and Create/Control. The first taste of it, Thievery, is an immense and immersive experience, cinematic in scope, unpredictable, and so expertly composed. Xen will be available on CD, vinyl and download, and features artwork from long time Arca visual collaborator Jesse Kanda, who brings the vision to life in aural form (check the Soundcloud embed below for a taste - it looks incredible). A special edition vinyl format will also be available, limited to just 500 copies, hand-numbered, sealed in black PVC and it will include a bonus 10” record of exclusive material.