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Arca

KiCK i

XL

Released: 17th July 2020

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Much was made, upon the release of Arca’s eponymous 2017 LP, of the artist’s move towards a more song-based style of music-making. Of course, this was a relative assessment - while that album did indeed coalesce around singing to a greater extent than previous Arca records, at its core it remained a set of mournful electronic soundscapes of the sort we had heard on the likes of Xen and Mutant.

On KiCk i, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to Arca, the musical auteur maintains a similar balance, but the overall feel of the music here is distinctly more vibrant. KiCk i still contains some tracks which lean into the mutated electronic balladry of the previous record - the sombre wash of ‘No Queda Nada’, for instance, would have slotted nicely into the 2017 album’s tracklist. However, rather than sounding pained, this record often channels Arca’s personal challenges into defiant anthems like the hammering mutant club-rap of ‘Nonbinary’ and ‘Rip The Slit’. Even the other tracks that come close to sadness - ‘Machote’, for instance - have a quiet strength about them which was not always present on Arca’s previous releases.