Arca (4) ‎– Xen

Mute ‎– CDSTUMM374
CD, Album


1 Now You Know 3:58
2 Held Apart 1:20
3 Xen 3:18
4 Sad Bitch 1:55
5 Sisters 2:21
6 Slit Thru 2:12
7 Failed 3:40
8 Family Violence 2:13
9 Thievery 2:33
10 Lonely Thugg 2:56
11 Fish 2:07
12 Wound 2:09
13 Bullet Chained 2:51
14 Tongue 2:59
15 Promise 2:52

Companies, etc.



Issued in a jewel case with clear tray and a fold-out art booklet.

℗ 2014 Alejandro Ghersi under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited
© 2014 Alejandro Ghersi under exclusive license to Mute Artists Limited

Printed in the EU
Made in EU

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5051083083690
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Label Code: LC27959
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 00095 53615 343 02 ✳ 53615347 A
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI LV26
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0148
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0154

Other Versions (5 of 13) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LOVECD436 Arca (4) Xen(CD, Album) Love Da Records LOVECD436 Hong Kong 2015 Sell This Version
724596961353 Arca (4) Xen(15xFile, WAV, Album) Mute 724596961353 US 2014
LSTUMM374 Arca (4) Xen(LP, Album + 10" + Ltd) Mute LSTUMM374 UK 2014 Sell This Version
STUMM374 Arca (4) Xen(LP, Album) Mute STUMM374 UK 2014 Sell This Version
ISTUMM 374 Arca (4) Xen(15xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Mute ISTUMM 374 UK 2014



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April 16, 2018
edited 8 months ago

I have the impression that sometimes music is left aside at the expense of image, or shock or any other value, people get mindblowed by what it is not supposed to be the main ingredient in an album. This happens in here, pretty much overrated, and I think the praise comes more assented in shock value and sexual identifications not music per se. Xiu Xiu in the same label and also declared homosexual presented a more solid, disturbed and potentially transgressive albums, memorable.

I heard so much praise about this. And the back up was funded on some videos with incredibly plastic images and effects, pretty similar in form to the artwork inside the album.

In deep, this album sounds a lot like an exercise, or an investigation into sound. And it is quite interesting the textures or the morphed sequences in the tracks, but the dynamic is pretty much devoid of direction or structure, it goes almost into a rhythmless prototype for a strange hip-hop scheme background.

"Baron libre" worked out similar paths, but summed up an structure, his league with rhythm and construction made something crazy and memorable. His affiliation with hip-hop and this crazy sounds and organic sounds was quite something. But what you can remember after downing into this texturized organic like ambient? Apart from the crazy sounds and textures there is nothing much to remember, maybe the artwork? But, this is about music mainly, and what Arca presents here is nothing but exercises that could be the foundation for backgrounds or album cues.