Arca has premiered a new single ‘Mequetrefe,’ featured on her upcoming album KiCk i, due out June 26th (w/ vinyl available on July 17th) on XL Recordings.
In Arca’s own words, “the song “Mequetrefe” invokes the tenderness behind expressing who you are without shame, and the confidence and bravery it requires, because expression of gender-nonconforming self-states in a public space can often result in static within your environment.” A word that Arca heard growing up in Venezuela, it was more commonly used in a derogatory way towards men, but here Arca suggests flipping the script on the colloquial use of “mequetrefe” to portray a new archetype of masculinity and the results shines through on this club track that shimmers with trippy fractal beauty.
Arca, KiCk i defines a new era of multiplex harmony for the Venezuelan artist, singer, DJ, performer and experimental music composer. With appearances from Björk, Rosalía, Shygirl and SOPHIE, this is the first time Arca has invited collaborators into her world, previously having lent her sound to some of the decades most avant-pop artists. To introduce the project, she first shared ‘Nonbinary’ and her single ‘Time,’ which is featured in Chanel’s new short-film HERE, presenting their 2020/21 Cruise Collection. With them. declaring, “Arca’s work is beyond innovative…her vision for the future of pop is so thrilling,” and Pitchfork noting Arca’s ability to “continue to create a singular world,” Arca, a nonbinary Latinx transwoman, is redefining the role of the diva for a new generation.
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