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Arca – @@@@@

Feb 19 2020

Arca has debuted her first official new music since 2017’s acclaimed eponymous self titled album in the form of a 62-minute-long single “@@@@@”.

“@@@@@ is a transmission broadcasted into this world from a speculative fictional universe in which the fundamentally analogue format of FM pirate radio remains one of few means to escape authoritarian surveillance powered by a hostage sentience gestated by a post-singularity AI. The host of the show, known as DIVA EXPERIMENTAL lives across multiple bodies in space in virtue of her persecution- in order to kill her, one would first have to find all of her bodies. The bodies that host her carry fetishes for paralinguistics, breaking the fourth wall and nurturing a mutant faith in love in the face of fear. ‘@@@@@‘ is kindred to 2013’s ‘&&&&&’. Arca sees both as ‘kindred in that they are each a musical quanta, constituted by morphing sonic quantums’. ‘@@@@@’s themes of transgression, celebration and resistance conjure parallels with Arca’s own worldviews and sees the shape-shifting artist once again playfully defying categorization.”