Icelandic pop icon Björk is currently putting together her ninth studio album, and her choice of producers always remains ahead of the curve.
The ever-unconventional artist is working with Venezuelan-born producer Arca – a 25-year-old underground artist who is currently making big waves.
The pair also worked together on Vulnicura, the artist’s critically lauded album released in January last year – with the Icelandic artist telling Pitchfork it was “the most fun music-making I’ve ever had”.
Here’s what you need to know about Alejandro Ghersi, better known as Arca.
He makes soundscapes, not bangers
While the current music industry trend focuses on young producers being picked up for their work on club anthems, Arca’s sound is about atmosphere – not bass drops or drum tracks.
The 25-year-old’s own albums (particularly 2015’s Mutant) feel like the soundtrack to an art-house movie or the backdrop to an exhibition.
That isn’t to say there isn’t depth: Arca has mastered what only the best electronic producers can, which is putting heart and soul into all those bleeps and whirs of a laptop soundscape.
It’s purposely spiky
Everything about Arca’s work is meant to be spiky and abrasive, from the purposely unstructured nature of the songs themselves to often sexually explicit nature of his music videos.
Comparisons have been made to Cornish producer Aphex Twin – an artist who has purposely played with audio discomfort and inaccessible song names throughout his career.
You have to embrace the thorny nature of Arca’s work and give it time. In that sense, his music makes a perfect partner for Björk’s soaring vocal range, as well as her ability to move from challenging to beautiful across one album.
His production credits are already impressive
As well as Vulnicura, Ghersi has a number of impressive production credits on his resume.
He acted as a production consultant alongside Hudson Mohawke on Kanye West’s 2013 album Yeezus – as well as working with British trip-hop revivalist FKA Twigs on EP2.
That’s an impressive collection of records to be involved in.
Björk’s as yet untitled album is set for release some time in 2016