Mas Ysa (pronounced MAAS ee-sa), real name Thomas Arsenault, has released a new track called “Years.” Check it out above Mas Ysa’s debut EP, Worth, will be released February 4, 2014 via Downtown Records.
Rather than your usual straightforward single, Arsenault introduces a full-fledged artistic world with Worth – a flowing 27-minute survey EP that demonstrates his unique penchant for both composition and production. In addition to the uptempo singles “Why” and “Shame,” Worth also brings Arsenault’s talents as a balladeer to the forefront on “Years” and “Life Way Up From” – both haunting, glacial odes to fear, loss and being on the run. The EP is wound together through a series of ambient transitions that use analog synthesis, field recordings, wind and icy drones to connect the dots.
In recent years, the nomadic Arsenault has been a centerpiece of the Kent Avenue scene in Brooklyn, occupying a sprawling loft complex connected to the underground venues 285 Kent and Glasslands. There, he built a studio that yielded records by everyone from Cass McCombs to Laurel Halo, getting out of bed in the dead of night to write songs and record sonic fragments. During the day, Arsenault has explored the other side of modern composition by collaborating with Rashaun Mitchell of the storied Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
3. David Wessels
4. Life Way Up From
Upcoming Tour Dates:
01/24/14 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY*
01/25/14 – Black Cat – Washington, DC*
01/26/14 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA*
02/18/14 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR #
02/19/14 – Barboza – Seattle, WA #
02/21/14 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA #
02/22/14 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA #
02/23/14 – Casbah – San Diego, CA #
# w/ Lawrence Rothman