Welcome to the Church of Arca and Jesse Kanda

To a slamming, industrial gabber beat, Arca storms to the end of the runway-shaped stage to deliver a vocal that chops between heavy metal and hip hop, rapping seemingly in Spanish, though it is so loud and staccato that it’s difficult to make out. Standing around 7 feet tall in his platforms, punching his arms in the air like a hip hop star and dropping to the ground like a gogo dancer, Arca is a powerful, imposing figure; so when he jumps down off the stage to rap directly into our faces we stand there in awe, somewhere between terror and ecstasy.

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