With a hyper-modern sound and multidisciplinary practice at the intersection of pop and fringe culture, Arca is one of the most crucial artists to emerge in the last decade. As part of her NTS radio collaboration DIVA EXPERIMENTAL FM, she has released her first new music since her 2017 self titled album. Taking the form of a continuous 62-minute track, ‘@@@@@’ is available to stream now, with an accompanying video below.
Alongside the broadcast via NTS, Arca also released a statement about ‘@@@@@’:
“@@@@@” 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.
Stream ‘@@@@@’ in full, along with a video, directed by Frederik Heyman:
Arca performs live on Friday 3 Aprilat Rewire 2020.