Arca - Mutant
Arca's 2014 album 'Xen' was an angular and, at times, insular record driven by aggressively queer juxtapositions. It served as a study of the self that refused categorisation and embraced erraticism; employing confrontational clashes of style and sound to emphasise a morphing dynamic between obscurity and vulnerability. At times anxiously self-reflexive, at others beauteous and calm, it was intermittently personal and withdrawn. 'Mutant' is about sensuality and impulsiveness as escape routes out of rigidity: "softness as a weapon when the mind attacks itself." Anxieties are harmonised by self- confidence in the optimism and inclusiveness of transformation. Mutations expose the resonances and malleability of identity. This album takes pride in deformity, innocence, distortion and vulnerability: traits traditionally ostracised as undesirable and regressive.
2LP - Limited edition triple Gatefold, Red Double Vinyl.