Music You Don't Know You Like Yet
Montreal native Thomas Arsenault began writing electronic music while
living in São Paulo, Brazil during his high
school years. He went on to study music composition at Oberlin Conservatory of
Music in Oberlin, Ohio. Arsenault began making music under the name Mas Ysa
(MAAS ee-sa) in 2012. He was signed by Downtown Records in 2013, just before
his single "Why" was released. Pitchfork
named it the week's "Best New Track." Mas Ysa's Worth EP was released February 4, 2014. It opens with the electronic
prelude "Vanya". "Why" features Arsenault's breathy falsetto which lingers
above electronic beats, pauses, and then breaks back into the track with vocal
intensity. The track features Mas Ysa's use of silence, synth and distortion.
The following track, "David Wessels," focuses on dream-like, aqua sounds and
moves seamlessly into "Life Way Up From," which is a dissonant, dialogue driven
track. The title track "Worth" creates a feeling of unease with the use of
uneven guitar mixed with what sounds like distorted waves or wind. "Shame" is
an incredible track that bursts with sonic tension using emotional and decibel
variance, both in vocals and insturmentation.
- Richard Martin
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