Boomkat Product Review:
@@@@@ is Arca’s kindred spirit to her &&&&& mixtape that blew minds back in 2013 - an hour of new material.
In Autechrian style, Arca debuted the 62 minute piece on NTS yesterday, and it’s now available for offline application in the comfort of your own atelier/fetish dungeon/second life cloud chamber.
As mentioned,’@@@@@‘ is a direct - if seven years removed - follow-up to the ‘&&&&&’ digital mixtape (and impossible to find vinyl) which marked a huge turning point for Arca’s production back in 2013, when she shifted from making dead canny edits and beats, and into a form of stunning studio sorcery. Like that 26 minute work, this 62 minute “song” is defined by an even more intensely fractalised mosaic of ideas that tile and shatter in gloriously decimated style, riddled with the voice of her DIVA EXPERIMENTAL avatar in a visceral enactment of transhumanist thought manifest in eschatological soundscapes strewn with the detritus of late 20th and early 21st Century culture. In other words it’s a proper trip that sucks you in and practically leaves you a different person, or, as she puts it:
“"'@@@@@' 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." “