Got an hour? Venezuelan singer Arca’s new single is almost an hour long. And just try to Google it

Usually it’s easy enough to Google a new song. Not in this case.

Google search doesn’t respond well to using non-alphanumeric characters like punctuation marks and things like the “at symbol,” which, of course, is written as “@.”

Enter Arca, the artist-producer from Venezuela, who has just released a new song called “@@@@@.” Not exactly SEO-friendly, you know?

If you do find it, the track runs 62 minutes. The press release describes things as follows.

@@@@@ is a transmission broadcasted [sic] into this world from a speculative fictional universe, in which the fundamentally analogue format of FM pirate radio remains one of few means to escape authoritarian surveillance powered by a hostage sentience gestated by a post-singularity AI. The host of the show, known as DIVA EXPERIMENTAL lives across multiple bodies in space in virtue of her persecution — in order to kill her, one would first have to find all of her bodies. The bodies that host her carry fetishes for paralinguistics, breaking the fourth wall and nurturing a mutant faith in love in the face of fear.”

Uh, okay.

A stream of the song will be available tomorrow. Arca is also going on tour, bringing her to Toronto on May 1 and Vancouver on May 10. Fans are hoping she’l break out the extended dance mix.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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