Arca – KiCk i (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 38:07 minutes | 443 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © XL Recordings
Produced and recorded by Arca, KiCk i defines a new era of multiplex harmony for the Venezuelan artist, singer, DJ, performer and experimental music composer. With appearances from Björk, Rosalía, Shygirl and Sophie, this is the first time Arca has invited collaborators into her world, previously having lent her sound to some of the decades most avant-pop artists.
KiCk i is a celebration not only of the joy Arca’s been able to find in her life, but the sometimes arduous journey it took for her to find it. Her struggles to reconcile her Venezuelan heritage and her trans Latinx identity emerge as reggaetón and pop en Español. But KiCk i isn’t just a pop record, or an experimental record, or even simply a mix between the two, but rather all of them at once- and so much more. Depending on where you drop the needle you’ll find bubblegum, harsh noise, electronic psychedelia, balladry, bangers, laughter, tears, passion, and expressions of faith – sounds and ideas that don’t simply blend together, but coexist simultaneously in quantum superposition made possible inside the sonic worlds Arca builds in her music.
For his fourth solo album, Arca has decided to display all her facets. For the Venezuelan producer, who now identifies as a trans woman, expression isn’t just about musical marketing but an introspective journey. “We all have multiple personalities. There was a clear intention [on the album] to allow every self to express itself [. . .and] allow for modulation between them in a spontaneous way. There is no such thing as normal.” Such fluidity is proven on the first track Non Binary, where the vocals change in an evolutive way.
Recruited for her sense of sound design by Kanye West and Franck Ocean, Arca has a unique skill for expressing her emotions in a digital format, often even mathematical, like in the song featuring Catalan singer Rosalía whose voice is broken down and reassembled on the cyberpunk reggaeton KLK. Her reunions with Björk, with whom Arca produced the album Utopia in 2017, are particularly good (Afterwards), as well as her collaboration with SOPHIE which should satisfy the expectations of all futuristic pop fans. An onion of an album, which will leave you in a disorientated state of marvel. – Smaël Bouaici
1. Nonbinary (02:19)
2. Time (02:45)
3. Mequetrefe (02:20)
4. Riquiquí (02:39)
5. Calor (03:32)
6. Afterwards (feat. Björk) (04:02)
7. Watch (feat. Shygirl) (02:28)
8. KLK (feat. ROSALÍA) (03:47)
9. Rip the Slit (02:54)
10. La Chíqui (feat. SOPHIE) (02:47)
11. Machote (02:57)
12. No Queda Nada (05:37)