It’s a strange world in which experimental musician Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca brings us into. Deep diving into sonic vortex, mixing dark keyboards with triturated sound waves (on the 7 minute-long title track) and noises, the Venezuelan producer and DJ now based in London sends ears and brains into a wild universe.

Moods change from one track to the other, but Arca keeps the thread. On Vanity, we’re embarking on a slower beat into melodies distorted by sound collages. Darkly spectacular. Arca’s music shines like black emerald: beautiful but complex. Interesting by its complexity. Five or six piano notes appear in the mega industrial Sinner bringing sudden melancholy (and humanity) to this cold mechanic music.

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Very rarely does Arca’s music on “Mutant” become too much of a monster movie (unlike his videos) soundtrack like many of other experimental / video game music creators. Arca stays in the music world, where composers like Amon Tobin also go. Halfway through this 20-track opus, Else brings a mental breather with its (electronic) xylophone melody. Although very intense, many of “Mutant”’s songs aren’t very lengthy. They seem like they bring us 20 000 miles under the sea… in barely two and a half minutes!

The sound treatment although “Mutant” is incredible. A lot of details, very well-orchestrated, make this opus somehow grandiose. Even in its more complex moments, Arca never gets lost in a sound collage capharnaum.

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Born in a wealthy family, Alejandro was raised in a gated community where he had difficulty accepting his homosexuality. He later attended the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. “Mutant” is his second album. “Xen” was published a year ago.

ARCA
Mutant
(Mute, 2015)

-Genre: experimental music

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.