Mutant (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mutant
Mutant Album Art by Arca.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 November 2015 (2015-11-20)
Genre
Length62:06
LabelMute
ProducerAlejandro Ghersi
Arca chronology
Sheep
(2015)
Mutant
(2015)
Entrañas
(2016)
Singles from Mutant
  1. "Vanity"
    Released: 31 May 2015
  2. "Soichiro"
    Released: 28 September 2015
  3. "EN"
    Released: 15 October 2015
  4. "Front Load"
    Released: 23 November 2015

Mutant is the second studio album by Venezuelan electronic music producer Arca. It was released on 20 November 2015 via Mute.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of SoundB+[4]
Financial Times4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
NME4/5[7]
The Observer3/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork8.4/10[9]
Resident Advisor3.2/5[10]
Spin8/10[11]
ViceA−[12]

Mutant received widespread acclaim from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 81, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[2]

Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave the album a very positive review, stating, "Compared to Xen, Mutant feels less composed and less indebted to classical music. With many tracks on the former album you could squint a little bit and imagine them being performed by a daring new music ensemble, à la Aphex Twin with Alarm Will Sound. But Mutant leans toward soundscape, avoiding proper songs." Richardson concludes, "On Mutant, Ghersi turns a fixation on porousness and instability into a kind of spiritual pursuit."[9]

Writing for Exclaim!, Daryl Keating said Mutant "is an album that is eventually rewarding, but only to those who are determined to follow its scattered pathway to the satisfying, aggregate end."[13]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
Tiny Mix Tapes 2015: Favorite 50 Music Releases 2015

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alejandra Ghersi.

No.TitleLength
1."Alive"3:56
2."Mutant"7:27
3."Vanity"4:16
4."Sinner"3:35
5."Anger"2:00
6."Sever"2:13
7."Beacon"0:48
8."Snakes"4:50
9."Else"2:30
10."Umbilical"2:09
11."Hymn"1:57
12."Front Load"2:44
13."Gratitud"3:44
14."EN"3:04
15."Siren Interlude"0:43
16."Extent"2:34
17."Enveloped"2:22
18."Faggot"3:10
19."Soichiro"4:35
20."Peonies"3:29
Total length:62:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Songwriter/producer – Alejandro Ghersi
  • Artwork – Jesse Kanda
  • Mastered By – Matt Colton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minsker, Evan; Strauss, Matthew (15 October 2015). "Arca Details New Album Mutant, Shares "EN" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Mutant by Arca". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Mutant – Arca". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. ^ Geffen, Sasha (18 November 2015). "Arca – Mutant". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (20 November 2015). "Arca: Mutant — review". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  6. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (19 November 2015). "Arca: Mutant review – distressing and transcendental sonic experiments". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  7. ^ Richards, Sam (19 November 2015). "Arca – 'Mutant'". NME. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  8. ^ Empire, Kitty (22 November 2015). "Arca: Mutant review – digital shape-shifting". The Observer. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  9. ^ a b Richardson, Mark (18 November 2015). "Arca: Mutant". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  10. ^ Finlayson, Angus (20 November 2015). "Arca – Mutant". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  11. ^ Joyce, Colin (19 November 2015). "Review: Arca Explores the Sexuality of Electronic Abstractions on 'Mutant'". Spin. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (4 December 2015). "Cybergrunge and Future Electronics: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  13. ^ Keating, Daryl (18 November 2015). "Arca: Mutant". Exclaim!. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  14. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Pitchfork. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  15. ^ "2015: 50 Favorite Music Releases". Tiny Mix Tapes. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.