Mutant

Arca - Mutant
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Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #128 / 771
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Based on 231 ratings
2015 Ratings: #128
November 20, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters
His second album is maelstrom of unresolved differences and pluralities, yet in accentuating these differences and pluralities rather than forcing them to compromise with each other, he’s crafted a record to get lost in, to lose your mind in, and to recast it in more enlightened form all over again.
90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Perhaps through his relentless work output, Arca has transcended the limitations of digital structure to arrive at fluid alien-jazz.
90
The 405

The amount of detail and the flow of Mutant is truly staggering; there are tracks that seem to take you down through secret passages to the next track, while you can still hear the sounds of the previous track fading away in the room above you.

90
No Ripcord
In compelling the listener to approach his music experientially, Ghersi is able to successfully create an almost fantastical sub-reality that can only be occupied through this record.
84
Pitchfork

Mutant is an album of contrasts, and Ghersi has an uncanny ability to let extremes interact with each other to create something new.

83
Consequence of Sound

The relative sparseness of melody makes Mutant slipperier than much of Arca’s older work, but the way he’s able to use texture and rhythm as his primary tools of progression is worth the patience it asks of us.

80
The Line of Best Fit
It might be a bit early in his career to hail Arca as a visionary, but he has certainly done more to change the landscape of modern music than the majority of his peers.
80
Spin

Mutant, even as it threatens to filibuster itself at over an hour long, feels like the album that Xen was meant to grow into, with every lesson that Vulnicura taught integrated at a molecular level.

80
The Guardian
Distressing, transcendental and beautiful, it’s a journey so remarkable it could excuse a hundred false starts.
80
NME
Arca’s found a way to convey some quite complex ideas and emotions without the need for lyrical cues.
80
AllMusic

Mutant may be some of his most challenging work yet, but as Arca's music becomes more abstract, the viewpoint behind it comes into focus in ways that embrace strangeness, ugliness, and beauty equally.

80
NOW Magazine

The music seems to be reflecting and dissecting that very expectation of evolution; its sounds viscerally evoke morphing, growth and instability.

70
Exclaim!
The album creaks and shifts incessantly. It evolves. As the title suggests, it mutates.
70
Under The Radar

Mutant is just as, if not even more so, erratic than anything we have heard previously from Ghersi.

64
Resident Advisor
The forms are extraordinary and the surfaces dazzling, but it's unclear how to navigate through them. You're impressed but also confused, and you keep an eye out for the exit.
60
DIY
This record prefers to forge a new feel out of complete chaos, in the most deranged way possible.
zachthesnack
86
I've come to the conclusion that Arca is not a human being. His production is absolutely and catastrophically next level.

The album is an absolute banger full of experimental electronic influences and walls of industrial sound. The first half of the album is an absolute onslaught of powerful abrasiveness, while the tail end of the record is riddled with beautiful and marvelous atmospheres. Arca shows off his diversity with this record and it is thoroughly impressive!

I don't know whether ... read more
BuffaloStaple
88
This guy is on some other shit! His production is unlike anything i've ever heard, fucking love it. The really warped, unpredictable and occasionally sadistic sound he brings to the electronic music genre is really something to behold and the display of it showcased here on 'Mutant' is quite impressive.

Whilst his projects aren't all that cohesive, the incredible soundplay he brings to the table on damn near every track is truly mesmerising, no two tracks sound the same to me, they all kinda ... read more
LennyVBerger
85
Occasionally uncomfortable, very often beautiful, "Mutant" is a daring and exciting listen.
theRoids
80
Nothing else sounds like this. Not an album I'll be rushing back to listen to, but an enjoyable experience nevertheless.

Best Songs: Mutant, Faggot, Soichiro, Hymn

Worst Songs: Peonies
holsgr
77
☆☆☆½ ~ An inspiringly remarkable album. I feel intensely engaged with this consistent and deeply satisfying music in a wholly compelling unique way.
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Track List

  1. Alive
  2. Mutant
  3. Vanity
  4. Sinner
  5. Anger
  6. Sever
  7. Beacon
  8. Snakes
  9. Else
  10. Umbilical
  11. Hymn
  12. Front Load
  13. Gratitud
  14. En
  15. Siren Interlude
  16. Extent
  17. Enveloped
  18. Faggot
  19. Soichiro
  20. Peonies
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