A weekly round-up of must-hear music from The Times staffers. This week’s picks include a leader in the Los Angeles jazz community as well as a pair of artists continuing to push electronic boundaries.
Arca, “Anoche” (XL Recordings), and Perfume Genius, “Slip Away” (Matador)
Two auteurs working in electronic experiments, queer identity and ravishing visuals have new albums out soon. The new singles from Arca and Perfume Genius couldn’t sound more different – one is a doom-dripping dirge, the other pastel-light – yet they each find a new exuberance that departs from their angstier early work.
Arca (the alias of the Venezuelan-born producer Alejandro...