When last we heard from Arca, she announced her upcoming album KICK ii with "Born Yesterday," a single featuring Sia. It was unsurprising to see how well Arca took to anthemic pop music considering how many shapes her sound has taken over the years, and she's not done experimenting with chart-topping music: "Prada" and "Rakata," two new KICK ii singles out today, offer a twisted and apocalyptic vision of reggaeton.
The songs debuted on Wednesday in a music video directed by frequent Arca collaborator Frederik Heyman. It is, in a word, fucking wild. That's two words, I know, sorry. This video has thrown me for a loop this morning. It features a bunch of CGI Arcas in a variety of intense settings. They all feel biblical and sci-fi at the same time, like Hieronymus Bosch meets H.R. Giger.
Arca shared a lengthy exploration of "Prada" in a press statement:
'Prada' is about celebrating psychosexual versatility; a song explicitly about transness and nonbinary modes of relating the sexual energy of the collective subconscious as a celebration of life; it is a song about defying shame and healing ancestral wounds; about the futurity of desire and love as a moebius strip; about kink as an engine, about sex and love, and above all else about simultaneity of being able to surrender and submit as well as being able to overpower and dominate within a collaboratively created space of consent; to throw glitter in the face of barking demons so as to let them know that love spans fully across [the] breadth of mystery of life and death.
KICK ii drops on December 3 via XL Recordings.