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ARCA Arca ★★★ XL

Alejandro Ghersi’s sound­scapes have at­tracted many ad­mir­ers. Aside from his own re­leases, the Venezue­lan pro­ducer has worked with Björk (he was all over her

Vul­ni­cura al­bum and tour), Kanye West ( Yeezus bore his thumbprints) and FKA Twigs. It’s easy to hear why Ghersi is a choice col­lab­o­ra­tor for such ad­ven­tur­ous artists when you dive into his third al­bum. Pre­vi­ous al­bums Xen and

Mu­tant were rich and daz­zling as a re­sult of Ghersi’s free­wheel­ing in­flu­ences and ap­pli­ca­tions, and there’s a sim­i­lar hue to this col­lec­tion, al­beit with the ad­di­tion of his own vo­cals. Tracks such as

Rev­erie, Anoche and Piel pitch his oper­atic, dra­matic, gothic, treated falsetto against beau­ti­fully strik­ing synth lines and slip­pery rhythms to cre­ate a sym­phonic wash. An art­ful pre­sen­ta­tion from a pro­ducer shap­ing the con­tours of what comes next. twit­ter.com/arca1000000 JIM CAR­ROLL

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