Arca’s devastating new single, the first from his new self-titled album due later this year, is an unflinching soundscape for the Venezuelan producer. After collaborating with some of music’s most visually arresting artists – fka twigs, Björk and Kanye West – Arca burrows inward on “Piel,” his album’s Spanish-language opening track. “Quítame la piel de ayer,” he sings with a heightened fragility. That loosely translates to “Take off my skin from yesterday,” but you hardly need to know what he’s singing to feel his burden. “Piel” is uncompromising, and perhaps the greatest sign yet of Arca’s potency.
Arca is out April 7 via XL.