Arca Gets Polite
Text: Natasha Stagg
Arca has steadily gained a large and loyal following in New York and on the internet this past year. Since their disturbing video for “Ass Swung Low” from their EP Stretch 1 hit YouTube, Arca has gone viral, and made good company for fellow Brooklyn electronic music performers Gatekeeper, Shams and Pictureplane. Each new DJ ideally brings their own flavor to an exponentially growing scene, which perhaps makes the task of parsing out the best ones sound overwhelming if not impossible. In some cases, judging a book by its cover, or in this case, judging a laptop musician by his music video, pans out. This über-sophisticated screen saver, directed by Jesse Kanda, eloquently illustrates the crispy, unassuming closing track from Stretch 2. “Manners” truly looks like a trip, complete with glares and quivers on digitally-rendered crystals that move with the music. The key to this video’s success is its precision: After a careful view, even the depicted expanding galaxy looks suspiciously vulnerable to the sound of Arca’s hyper-controlled beats.