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Mas Ysa: Seraph

From the bio:
Mas Ysa, the creation of musician Thomas Arsenault, embraces cutting-edge electronic music, but owes plenty to traditional songwriting; songs that are made to pack a dance floor flow seamlessly into harrowing ballads, and the entirety of this spectrum is apparent on Seraph, his first full-length record. In 2013, after playing shows supporting Purity Ring and Deerhunter, the first Mas Ysa track, “Why,” was released and named a “Best New Track” by Pitchfork. The following year the Worth EP came out, nabbing another BNT nod for the song “Shame” and propelling Arsenault into the international spotlight with subsequent gigs around the world and across the United States. Fader called him “an artist whose sound has arrived fully minted,” while Noisey noted “in Mas Ysa’s hands, every emotion feels titanic.” Thanks to his indefinable sound and wide appeal, Mas Ysa has since toured with bands including Delorean, EMA, Hundred Waters and Young Fathers and has played festivals such as Primavera, Pitchfork, Fun Fun Fun, Hopscotch, Northside, SXSW and NXNE. Creating Seraph took the better part of a year – it was crafted in Arsenault’s home studio, received additional production help from Steve Rivette (Liars, Black Dice) and was mixed by grammy-nominated Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire). Seraph isn’t electronic music only for the club or dance floor, it’s electronic music for the heart. And while Mas Ysa displays Arsenault’s unabashed love of electronic music, and Seraph puts forward a collection of songs that have made their creator a hit on dance floors across the world, what Arsenault says is important isn’t just the beats. “To me,” he says, “the truth just sounds different.””
Seraph is out July 24 on Downtown; listen to “Arrows” below.


About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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