ARCA

Mu­tant ★★★ Mute

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

When he’s not work­ing with Bjork, Kanye West or FKA Twigs, Ale­jan­dro Ghersi is also ca­pa­ble of imag­i­na­tive, pow­er­ful, com­pelling work of his own. Last year’s de­but Xen showed he could also ap­ply his trade­mark sur­real, avant-garde, ad­ven­tur­ous ap­proach to beats and song struc­tures to his own work. On Mu­tant, the pro­ducer goes fur­ther along un­mapped ground with a rich, daz­zling, oc­ca­sion­ally be­wil­der­ing se­ries of free­wheel­ing sonic ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Though he’s not the first to strip beats and songs of any of their usual sig­ni­fiers and in­di­ca­tors, there’s a bracing, ex­hil­a­rat­ing spirit to how Ghersi con­sis­tently seeks to do what you’re not sup­posed to do. Tracks like Van­ity and Ex­tent turn into thrillers as they rub tra­di­tional in­stru­ments into a rich, dis­con­cert­ing dig­i­tal soundbed. arca1000000.com

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