AOTY 2020
Arca - Arca
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2017 Ratings: #26 / 876
Year End Rank: #29
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Based on 867 ratings
2017 Ratings: #75
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The Guardian

With its eerie silences, foreboding chords and hymnal chanting, Arca’s third record really does manage to erect a sonic cathedral around your ears.

Crack Magazine

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


As always, Ghersi pushes his boundaries on Arca, and the vulnerability he displays makes it some of his most exciting and moving music yet.

A.V. Club

Arca sees one of this generation’s most forward-thinking electronic musicians shift the focus from humanity at large to his own worries, with a relatable human openness.


At this point, it is not an exaggeration to suggest that Arca is one of the most vital and consequential voices in electronic music this generation has seen.

Resident Advisor

The symbiotic relationship between Ghersi's voice and his productions is one of Arca's biggest achievements.


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.

The Line of Best Fit

On his new self-titled album, Alejandro Ghersi, the sonic visionary behind Arca, fluidly transitions from the adventurous electronic dissonance of his previous work into a somber, refined sound that fuses elegance with emotion.

Consequence of Sound

Though it contains his most serene music by a stretch, Arca is the epitome of that warring nature, reaching for his innermost self to attempt at finding a balance.

Pretty Much Amazing

Give the best pieces here — i.e. the first six tracks — some fair time on good headphones and it’s disturbing in the best and strangest ways: a pitch-black digital blanket for fierce but dying contempt and sorrow.


‘Arca’ is an enthralling marriage of the cyborg swirl of his arrangements and the disarming intimacy of his singing.

Loud and Quiet

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.


This back-and-forth is carried along throughout Arca, demonstrating that Ghersi hasn't lost his fondness for tempered electronic cacophony (see "Castration" and "Whip"), but has expanded his palette, to mind-bendingly gorgeous results.


Through ‘Arca’, Ghersi guides the listener to contort and cry their way through otherworldly, synthetic dimensions.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Arca presents its artist as an icon and publicly visible figure, no longer obscured or represented by Jesse Kanda’s avatars.

The 405

It’s a challenging but rewarding listen which uncovers itself most rewardingly when given full attention on a dark and melancholic night.

Spectrum Culture

The more Arca consolidates his sound, the more he reveals how much more space he has left to explore.

The Needle Drop
Arca's voice is a welcome addition to his otherworldly production style on his self-titled album, but sadly, many of my reservations about his past full-length efforts still stand.
With the addition of Spanish vocals, Arca's self-titled album is every bit as unsettling as the cover art. Yet it's the beautiful production, gorgeous vocals and emotional themes that, at least in my opinion, stands as her best record to date and a showcase of how unique of an experimental artist she really is.

Fav Tracks: Piel, Anoche, Desafío, Sin Rumbo, Castration, Reverie, Fugaces, Urchin, Miel

Least Fav Track: Whip

Ethereal. haunting, emotional. Arca's new album is a huge departure from his previous Mutant. Its slower and feels more serious. But his efforts are not wasted. This is easily one of the best albums this year and is absolutely worth a listen.

Favorite: Piel, Saunter, Castration
Least Favorite: Whip, Fugaces
I think this album's really cool, a very unique, passionate & emotive listen that takes the experimental sounds of Arca's last few albums and translates them to the genre of art-pop pretty effectively. These tracks are personal, intimate and unsettling, the haunting nature of these sparse instrumentals and Arca's tortured singing voice keeps the album engaging. However, the album falls apart a little bit in it's second half, I love tracks 1-6, not a single song there I don't enjoy, but ... read more
Im getting serious monasterial vibes here. Fryar Tuck would be proud.

P.s. I would pay 1000 dollars to Ghersi if he became an actual monk for a week
I love Arca as a producer, but always preferred his shorter mixtapes to his often-meandering LP's. After this, I still prefer his music in smaller doses, but I definitely would consider this his best album. It's more intimate, with more vocals, and wider soundscapes.
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Track List

  1. Piel
  2. Anoche
  3. Saunter
  4. Urchin
  5. Reverie
  6. Castration
  7. Sin Rumbo
  8. Coraje
  9. Whip
  10. Desafío
  11. Fugaces
  12. Miel
  13. Child

Added on: February 22, 2017