Arca hijacks hip-hop. He steals beats and blasts them beyond music — some place where sounds contort and plunge and stretch and split. Then, he brings them back. The tracks that return expose layers of synth and wind and static and bass and voice, which scatter. And crash.
Last year, Arca released nine such electronic experiments on Stretch 2 (TMT Review), and not only did it wind up being one of our favorite albums of 2012, it also earned the top spot on our list of favorite album covers.
Sometime this year, Arca will release a new LP on Hippos in Tanks, a label high on our radar since releasing James Ferraro’s Far Side Virtual (TMT Review) back in 2011. Currently, there isn’t a release date for Arca’s new album, nor is there a title. Obviously, there aren’t any teaser tracks either. Just hang on and watch the video for “Manners” off Stretch 2.