It’s been a bit since we’ve gotten proper new music from Arca, but now we’re getting a whole lot of it. Today, the experimental producer is releasing a 62-minute-long single called “@@@@@,” a counterpart to a similar mix from 2013, “&&&&&.” It’s a heady mix of glitchy acoustics and noise, exactly what you’d expect from a wide-ranging Arca track. It’s her first extended release since her 2017 self-titled album, though last year she had an exciting performance series called Mutant;Faith at the New York City venue The Shed.
Here’s what Arca had to say about the track in a statement:
@@@@@ 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.
04/03 The Hague, Netherlands @ Rewire Festival
04/25 New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/27 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
04/28 Boston, MA @ Royale
05/01 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
05/02 Philadelphia, PA @ The Ave
05/07 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/08 Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/10 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
05/12 Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
05/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
05/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
06/18 Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar By Night
“@@@@@” is out now.