Arca has announced her seventh studio album, kick iiii. It will arrive on December 3, the same day her fifth and sixth albums, KICK ii and KicK iii, are set to drop. According to the artist's press release, it will be the final instalment of her KICK anthology. The three new albums follow Kick I, which came out in June 2020.
With the new announcement, Arca has released "Queer," a spacey banger with rap-sung Spanish verses and highly Auto-Tuned English choruses from Arca, and production help from Estonia-based English DJ Planningtorock.
"I remember finding 'Meditation' back in 2011/12 on Arca’s SC and becoming completely obsessed with the track," Planningtorock writes on her collaboration with the Venezuelan artist. "Then we finally met a few years later at a festival...in Krems, Austria and we instantly bonded. I threw my prosthetic nose into the crowd that night and found out later that it was Alejandra [Ghersi (Arca)] who had caught it. I love her so much and I’m so grateful she exists, The lyrics 'Tears of Fire' and 'Queer Power' are words I live by and where we connect."
In addition to Planningtorock, kick iiii will feature Oliver Coates, No Bra and Shirley Manson. Arca describes the album as "an entry of sensual charge in the cycle; my own faith made into song, a posthuman celestial sparkle, psychosexual pulsewidth modulation, queering the void, abyss alchemically transmuted into a deconstruction of what is beautiful... a healing spell, recognition of the alien inside, a bursting apart of old skin, fresh new sinew rippling outward from a beating core, the first prenatal kick — proof that there is a sentience with a will beyond its creators’ control expressing itself from within the womb.”
Stream "Queer" above, and view kick iiii's tracklist below.
Arca kick iiii tracklist
2. Esuna ft. Oliver Coates
4. Queer ft. Planningtorock
5. Witch ft. No Bra
8. Alien Inside ft. Shirley Manson
10. Lost Woman Found