委內瑞拉音樂制作人Arca在她開創性的同名專輯發行三年后公布了最新錄音室專輯 KiCk i，通過XL Recordings于6月26日以數字專輯形式發行，而7月17日將發行實體黑膠唱片和CD唱片。
By Torsten Ingvaldsen
After releasing lead single “Nonbinary” alongside a cybernetic music video earlier this month, Arca has now shared the release details of her forthcoming studio album, KiCk i. Arriving via XL Recordings, the follow-up to her groundbreaking self-titled album from 2017 will release digitally on June 26, with physical vinyl and CD options coming on July 17.
“I don’t want to be tied to one genre,” Arca explains about KiCk i. “I don’t want to be labeled as one thing.” Produced and recorded by the Venezuelan artist, singer, and experimental composer, KiCk i boasts a stacked list of features from fellow boundary-pushers. Bj?rk, Rosalía, Shygirl, and SOPHIE will all make cameos on the album, the first time Arca has collaborated with other artists on her solo material.
Produced and recorded by Arca, KiCk i defines a new era of multiplex harmony for the Venezuelan artist, singer, DJ, performer and experimental music composer. With appearances from Bj?rk, Rosalía, Shygirl and Sophie, this is the first time Arca has invited collaborators into her world, previously having lent her sound to some of the decades most avant-pop artists.
KiCk i is a celebration not only of the joy Arca’s been able to find in her life, but the sometimes arduous journey it took for her to find it. Her struggles to reconcile her Venezuelan heritage and her trans Latinx identity emerge as reggaetón and pop en Espa?ol. But KiCk i isn’t just a pop record, or an experimental record, or even simply a mix between the two, but rather all of them at once- and so much more. Depending on where you drop the needle you’ll find bubblegum, harsh noise, electronic psychedelia, balladry, bangers, laughter, tears, passion, and expressions of faith - sounds and ideas that don’t simply blend together, but coexist simultaneously in quantum superposition made possible inside the sonic worlds Arca builds in her music.
Cover image by Carlos Saez, Carlota Guerrero and Arca