January 22, 2015

Arca - "Sheep"

Early into his young career, Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi (better known as Arca) has already done an impressive job making a name for himself. He's an accomplished producer working on some of the most memorable and forward-thinking material of the last few years. Kanye's opus Yeezus, FKA twigs' EP2 and now Björk's Vulnicura are just a few of projects that have exposed his innovative and creative arc.

The release of his debut album, Xen, helped tip the scales and raise the bar in his evocative and expressive approach taking listeners on a journey to a realm sharp sonic mystery. Already moving beyond that scope, Arca has released "Sheep", a sprawling seventeen minute affair (posted to Facebook with the caption "original score for my HBA sister's show in some haunted villa in florence") that consists of bleating sheep's baas going mad. They're warbled into dystopia while sinister jabs stir the darkest of beats. The music contorts and flares with jagged hooks that conjures a truly unique sonic plateau. At first, it might seem shocking to have a resume already so stacked, but after listening to "Sheep", it's clear that this could only the beginning of a lustrious career.

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