She debuted the new material on NTS today.
The Venezuelan artist debuted "@@@@@" on her DIVA Experimental FM NTS Radio show earlier today, and it will be out via XL Recordings this Friday, February 21st. It marks her first new official release since the release of 2017's self-titled album.
"'@@@@@' 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," Arca says. "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."
The text notes that Arca also considers "@@@@@" as "kindred" to her
2013 piece "&&&&&."
XL Recordings will release "@@@@@" on February 21st, 2020.
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