You may not be familiar with the name Arca, but there’s a good chance you’re familiar with his work, even if you don’t know it. The 24-year-old Venezuelan electronic musician contributed to four tracks on Kanye’s Yeezus and has worked on a number of songs with FKA Twigs, including the LP1 standout “Lights On.” While his own work is considerably less pop-oriented than his collaborations, his sprawling solo instrumental recordings—like last year’s mixtape &&&&&—has found a surprisingly large audience of people who bliss out on aggressively dark synthesizer soundscapes.
On Thursday, Arca announced the upcoming release of his first official full-length solo album. Xen (which comes out Nov. 4 on Mute Records) is more nuanced and more ambitious than his previous efforts, mixing dreamy, ambient passages in with his trademark harshly noisy, borderline-industrial sound. Along with CD and digital versions, vinyl fetishists can cop a hand-numbered limited edition LP that’s sealed in black PVC and includes an additional 10″ record of bonus material.