Arca shares video for single ‘Desafio’





Monday 10th April 2017 – Arca today reveals a video for ‘Desafío’. The stunning track – taken from his new self-titled album – is perhaps one of the Venezuelan artist’s most accessible works to date, recently described by Pitchfork as “as close to a straightforward pop song Ghersi might write under the name Arca, and it’s outstanding”.

For the ‘Destafío’ video, Arca (aka Alejandro Ghersi) has again teamed up with longtime visual collaborator Jesse Kanda. Cathartic, provocative and sensual in equal measures, it completes a trio of Arca music videos (see also Anoche and Reverie) directed by Kanda that feature captivating, emotive, raw performances from Arca himself.

Arca’s self-titled third album was released on Friday (7th April) via XL Recordings / Rhythmethod. Available on CD, gatefold single vinyl and on all digital services, Arca features artwork also by Jesse Kanda and has been met with generous, widespread critical acclaim:

“With its eerie silences, foreboding chords and hymnal chanting, Arca’s third album really does manage to erect a sonic cathedral around your ears” – The Guardian 5/5

Transmuting the hopelessly bittersweet suffering and anguish of life into blindsiding art, Arca has crafted the best album of the year so far.” – Crack 10/10

“”There seems to be a lot of sadness in the world and I feel compelled to make something really beautiful pout of it,” he says of the album; and from the skittering, fractured electronica of Castration to the dramatic 21st-century plainsong of Sin Rumbo, he has succeeded” – Sunday Times, Solo Release of the Week

“The more Alejandro Ghersi gives of himself, the larger his music as Arca grows. His latest feels both intimate and expansive, a connection between his melodic past and a chaotic future” – Pitchfork, Best New Music

“Arca’s most accomplished work to date” – Resident Advisor, RA Recommends

“On his majestic self-titled new album, Arca is explicitly direct about his desire” – The FADER

“Ghersi’s strongest work yet, an album that makes you appreciate everything preceding it more and trust in whatever may follow. Arca is a meticulously sculpted body of work – a perfect flex, immaculately sustained” – FACT

The whole effect is something that’s the very opposite of escapist, but rather reflective and deeply personal. Arca is an album that’s also a prison – a place where you’re trapped in Ghersi’s compelling, claustrophobic world” – Loud & Quiet

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