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&&&&& is the debut mixtape by Venezuelan electronic producer Arca. It was released on 23 July 2013 through Hippos in Tanks on SoundCloud.[1][2] Even though 14 tracks are listed, the entire mixtape is in sequence as a single track.[3] A vinyl release of the mixtape with an alternative album cover was released in January 2014 and was limited to 500 copies.[4] On 28 July 2020, Arca announced a re-release of &&&&& through PAN, making the mixtape available on mainstream streaming platforms for the first time on 18 September 2020.

Composition[edit]

&&&&& is an experimental electronic record with influences of dub, hip-hop, grime, ambient music, trap, and glitch.[5][1][6] Stereogum described the record as "even darker and denser" than Arca's two previous Stretch EPs.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

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&&&&& received critical acclaim from music critics.[8] Tiny Mix Tapes says the mixtape "has the potential to conjure an emotional frenzy that’s alluring to the senses in a way that so much electronic artistry fails to even approach."[1] No Ripcord praised the mixtape for "its density, its intensity, its I'm-lost-in-a-big-city feel, its warm gust of beats blowing while the subway comes squeaking into the station, its darkness, its late-night ecstasy, its rawness, its rawness like raw milk, like drinking raw milk or eating sushi in an inexpensive restaurant somewhere on a street with trash and tweakers, its little motifs that twinkle like stars or Christmas lights, its muscular compactness."[9] In a review of the reissue, Pitchfork said that "there’s something a bit melancholy about listening to &&&&& now—the feeling that instead of freeing us from the past, technology has left us stuck in a loop, endlessly refreshing in search of a better world that never arrives, but that we can still dream of in our art."[10]

The album was eventually sent to Icelandic musician Björk’s management, leading to the two artists collaborating on her eighth studio album Vulnicura.

Track listing[edit]

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Personnel[edit]

  • Arca – production
  • Jesse Kanda – artwork

References[edit]

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  2. "&&&&& on SoundCloud". https://soundcloud.com/arca1000000/uenqifjr3yua. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
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  4. "Arca (4) – &&&&&". https://www.discogs.com/Arca-/release/5282843.
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  6. Cliff, Aimee. "Arca – &&&&& [mixtape"]. http://www.dummymag.com/mixes/arca-mixtape.
  7. "Download Arca &&&&&". Stereogum. http://www.stereogum.com/1414211/download-arca/mp3s.
  8. Dazed (2014-03-18). "Arca and Jesse Kanda release nightmarish new video" (in en). Dazed. http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/19301/1/arca-jesse-kanda-nightmarish-babies-dancing-video-scene-1-trauma.
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named NR-Rev
  10. "Arca: &&&&&" (in en). https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/arca-andandandandand/.

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